Holly Murray's NHL Power Rankings
30. Columbus Blue Jackets -- This is the one...Read more
The bickering between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL finally came to an end in the early hours of Jan. 6 in a New York City hotel as the two sides banged out a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The league locked out the players back on Sept. 15 when the old agreement expired and it lasted for 113 days. The NHL was scheduled to get underway in the first week of November, but it’s now aiming to get off the ground by Jan. 19 at the latest. It was reported that the league will try to fit in either a 48 game schedule for its 30 teams or a 50 game one and all of the contests will be inter-conference affairs. The new deal is tentative and will still have to be ratified before it takes effect. It is a 10-year agreement, but there’s an option after eight years for either side to pull out of it....Read more
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Only days away from the start of 2013, the NHL’s highest watched game the Winter Classic is canceled. The All-Star game is cancelled. The first quarter of the season is already dead and gone and there is no clear path to the rest of the season if there is a 2013 season. It is hard to find a favorite when millionaires are battling millionaires. So I will dislike both sides. The side I will take is the side of the fans whose average salary is about $40k per year. They are the people who go to the games watch the games on TV and decorate their houses with the colors of their favorite team. I have three young children, I would love to pass my love of the NHL along to them but I cannot. This is not my fault it is theirs. If the NHL loses this young generation they will remain that “other’ league that is at the...Read more
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, left, stands in front of players at a press conference in October. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) (PhatzRadio / CBC Sports) — NHL players began voting Sunday on whether they will grant the players’ association’s executive board the authority to dissolve the union because of the inability to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league. Two-thirds of the union’s membership must vote in favour of allowing the executive board to file a “disclaimer of interest,” a source told The Canadian Press on Saturday. Votes will be cast electronically over a five-day period that ends Thursday. If the measure passes, the 30-member executive board would have until Jan. 2 to file...Read more
The speeches went smoothly, although Bill Hay’s seemed long and drawn out, but I thought Pavel Bure’s was excellent, as were the others..
And to cap off a fine night, Gary Bettman looked tired, hollow, concerned, pale, and not a happy camper whatsoever, and the women looked lovely.by Dennis Kane
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The latest round of CBA proposals was met by hockey fans with undisputed enthusiasm. Things are finally looking up in terms of the possibility of a full 82-game NHL season and for the first time during this lockout, the NHL owners appear to be the good guys. The NHL chose to go public with their latest proposal, telling the media they had offered a fair “50/50? split in Hockey Related Revenue under a 6 year term (with the possibility of a 7th year). As this morning came around, TSN.ca published Donald Fehr’s response to the players following the latest NHL proposal. Unfortunately, this letter seems to suggest much less enthusiasm from the players point of view in comparison to the fans. Why?
club, with the one or two new guys who have cracked the lineup,...I’m fine with Buttman’s proclamation that Sept 15 is lockout deadline day. Because if it happens, we won’t have to go through a long training camp with about fifty different hopefuls giving it their all until such time when they’re sent back to a lesser league, light years from the bigs. Back to reality for these kids. The dream is once again put on hold for a whole whack of them. And we also won’t have to go through eight preseason games with many of these fifty hopefuls taking turns suiting up for games, with people like you and me (okay, maybe not me, unless they come to Powell River), shelling out a bunch of money and not recognizing most of them. Tickets for preseason games filled with hopefuls who probably won’t make the team should go for about ten bucks, not a hundred. I get tired of preseason real quick. All I want to see is the big Read more