November 22 2012 11:04AM
After the NHLPA proposal/rejection kerfuffle the other day, I made a glib remark on twitter about the union going the decertification route. I was only half serious when I suggested it, but the option is starting to get more attention. James Mirtle recently wrote about the threat and what it would mean if the players union dissolved.
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 21 2012 08:52PM
Mikhail Grabovski drilled Colorado Avanlanche (currently Lokomotiv) goalie Semyon Varlamov right in the head in the first period of Lokomotiv's game against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. Was it on purpose? I'll let you decide.
In other Wednesday KHL action, Nail Yakupov scores in the shootout, and Ilya Kovalchuk's duo with Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko might be the most deadly duo in hockey right now.
November 21 2012 12:25PM
The players union unveiled a new CBA offer this morning. It is fairly comprehensive and, unlike some of their previous offerings, has a sound basis for negotiation (from a league perspective, naturally).
The most significant movement is on the issue of player share of hockey reltaed revenue. The players accept an immediate 50/50 with the stipulation that the teams "make whole" existing contracts to he tune of $393 million spread over four years:
November 21 2012 10:13AM
About two years ago, the Calgary Flames had a bit of a problem.
Star goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had gotten up in years and was turning 34 years old. People began to openly wonder how long Kiprusoff could continue carrying the club on his back, net-minding wise. Unfortunately, the Flames didn't have much in the tank for up-and-coming goalies, save for maybe Leland Irving, who was struggling to cement himself as a number-one netminder in the AHL.
Flash forward to late 2012, and things are a bit more complicated and arguably a bit rosier for the organization.