Five things: Better than painting words on the ice

Ryan Lambert
December 27 2012 01:36PM

1. It seems this is a thing now

Pierre LeBrun recently posted a list of 10 things he thought the league could do to make this whole "second lockout in eight years" thing up to the fans. Then Greg Wyshynski posted his list of five things the league could do. There was some overlap, and the areas where they agreed came because they were sensible. Free Center Ice for everyone? Yeah, that's obvious. Playing 3-on-3 overtime after the traditional 4-on-4 is also a way to get around of the shootout in many games, which is terrible and awful.

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Five things: The buildup to World Juniors

Ryan Lambert
December 20 2012 02:09PM

1. Interesting about this European disquiet

The thing we always heard about guys going over to Europe during the lockout is that while they wouldn't exactly be able to make the kind of living they were used to in the NHL, they could do well enough, and play hockey at a high level.

And that may very well be true.

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Scouting report: Johnny Gaudreau, Billy Arnold, and Jon Gillies

Ryan Lambert
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.

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Five things: And now the end is near?

Ryan Lambert
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.

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Five things: Now what?

Ryan Lambert
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.

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