December 10 2012 02:27PM
As you probably know by now I am acutely familiar with the work of Calgary's two prospects on the Boston College Eagles, Johnny Gaudreau and Billy Arnold. Both are very good college hockey forwards on the best team in the country, which just happens to be the best program of the last decade, and is run by the greatest coach in college hockey history, Jerry York.
Last Friday, I ventured down to Providence College, home to another pair of Calgary's NCAA-based recruits, (forward Mark Jankowski and goaltender Jon Gillies) in hopes of seeing what I thought was going to be an historic event.
December 06 2012 08:19AM
1. I can't believe it maybe possibly coulda worked
When it was first announced that the owners and players should meet by themselves, with no Bettman and no Fehr, I was admittedly very skeptical.
Seemed like a PR scheme, especially because Murray Edwards and Jeremy Jacobs were almost immediately tabbed as two of the owners in the meeting. They'd been hardlining their asses off from August until the day before the meeting, and I saw no reason that 18 players with no legal experts on their side of the table would be enough to intimidate them into not doing so now.
November 28 2012 12:01PM
1. Mediation means nothing
There were two things I didn't know or had forgotten about the federal mediation process: 1) The league and PA used it last time to little effect, and 2) nothing the mediators say or decide is in any way binding.
That leads me to believe that, much like the NHLPA's threat of decertifying, there's nothing that will ultimately come of all this. Even leaving aside that whole Twitter flap, this thing seems like a pretty transparent move by the league to agree to it. For one thing, the whole point of decertification — again, it is something of which the league is absolutely terrified — is because the PA feels that the NHL is not bargaining in good faith.
November 22 2012 08:56AM
1. That went well oh wait of course it didn't
So the NHLPA made its long-awaited counter-counter-counter-counter-counter-counter-proposal to the owners today and all that went about as well as you might have expected.
November 15 2012 02:07PM
1. I can't believe how good Johnny Gaudreau is
I think by this point I've watched four or five of Boston College's nine games, and Johnny Gaudreau has been very good in all of them. (I know I talk about this kid a lot but there's a lockout. What do you want from me?)