The Stage For The Next Labour War?

Jonathan Willis
September 03 2009 01:01PM

In the wake of the firing of Paul Kelly by the NHLPA executive board, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune interviewed the player representative for the Minnesota Wild to find out why. While Nick Schultz wasn’t overly forthcoming about the reasons for Kelly’s dismissal, he did identify the issue which will likely be the key battleground between the owners and the players when the current CBA expires.

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Honest, it's almost hockey season

Jean Lefebvre
August 31 2009 04:55PM

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On the eve of the month when business finally picks up in the NHL, let's bid farewell to a few topics that determined fans will now be able to forget about and concentrate on more important matters. You know, things like the No. 1 defence pairing in Abbotsford, Liam Reddox's potential linemates and the over-under for the number of times in the coming weeks and months that the words "Luongo" and "extension" will appear in the same story on the pages of the Vancouver Sun or the Province.

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NHLPA Head Paul Kelly Fired

Jonathan Willis
August 31 2009 01:06PM

Darren Dreger of TSN first broke the news that elements within the NHLPA were dissatisfied with Paul Kelly’s performance as the head of the NHLPA. At 3AM eastern time, Dreger passed on the news that the NHLPA executive board (made up of the thirty team representatives) had voted to terminate Kelly’s employment.

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Cancel Tanguay's pogey!

Jean Lefebvre
August 29 2009 09:46AM

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Well, in a surprisingly busy late-August Friday on the National Hockey League transaction wire, ex-Flame Alex Tanguay has finally found work and the Vancouver Canucks look like they're serious about not running out of defencemen this coming season after seeing their blueline take a pounding over the past couple of winters.

Friday's movement brings up a few points:

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Please welcome your Calculus Flames

Jean Lefebvre
August 26 2009 10:36PM

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Hockey is rarely numerically neat and impeccably precise, and if you need proof just check out Vesa Toskala's goals-against average from a season ago.

Trouble is that in the world of mathematics, two-plus-two always equals four. In the world of hockey, however, two-plus-two sometimes equals the square root of Dennis Maruk, and that's confusing, frustrating and embarrassing for all parties concerned.

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