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Posts Tagged CBA
Informal CBA talks today … Zibanejad to try left wing in AHL … Hemsky will wait a month … Landeskog could play in the AHL
- Michael Grange via twitter: Confirms that the NHL and NHLPA will hold ‘informal talks’ today in New York. John Shannon via twitter: Today’s talks between the Fehr’s, Bettman and Daly will just be open dialogue, no proposals or agenda.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray is not optimistic for a quick CBA resolution, and will ask Jared Cowen to play in the AHL. Mika Zibanejad will also end up in Binghamton and will be asked to play left wing.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Ales Hemsky will give it a month before heading back to the Czech Republic to play.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko said that if there is a lockout he’ll decide between Peoria of the AHL and the KHL on September 15th after a talk with GM Doug Armstrong.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: It’s possible that Gabriel Landeskog will play for Lake Erie of the AHL if there is a lockout.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: 18 year olds who played in the NHL last season and still could go to Junior (ie. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins), can also play in the AHL.
CBA talks … Kronwall may join brother in KHL if lockout … Oilers lack depth at center … AHL to test no-touch icing
- Chris Johnson via twitter: CBA talks are set to start at 9:30 am this morning, with economic issues the main topic of the day.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: “People on both sides of the aisle believe next couple days in NHL-NHLPA talks could go a long way to determining how long stalemate lasts.” … “If NHL and NHLPA become hardened in their positions, demanding the other negotiate off their proposal, this could take a long time.” … “Can the two proposals be melded together? Certainly. And that will be the first sign of significant progress, first sign of hope.”
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: There is speculation out of Sweden that Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall could join his brother Steffen with Lokomotiv in the KHL over Djurgarden of the SEL if there is a long lockout.
- Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers lack depth at center, and are not very big. Their top 4 projects to be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, and Eric Belanger. If one was to get injured, Anton Lander may be their replacement. Chris VandeVelde could also be an option. Next down the list are centers Mark Zarcobello, Tyler Pitlick and Ryan Martindale.
- Kyle Cicerella via twitter: The NHL has requested that the AHL use no-touch icing, they’ll test it out this year.
Sharks lost $15 million last season … CBA talks tomorrow and Thursday … CBJ and PHO account for 1/3 of NHL loses
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Despite selling out every game, the Sharks parent company said they lost $15 million last year.
“We’re OK with that because that’s a decision we’ve made to stay competitive,” said Kevin Compton
Forbes valued the Sharks at $211 million. The owners say that the team is debt-free, and turn to one another with annual cash calls.
- Michael Grange via twitter: There are CBA meetings on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Grange gets the sense that this weeks meeting will go a long way in determining whether there is a lockout or not. The agenda is reserved for the core economic issues, such as Hockey Related Revenue (HRR) and system issues like the contract rights.
- The Stats Guy via twitter: He points out that the Blue Jackets and Coyotes account for 1/3 of all NHL losses.
Cherry predicts 2 month lockout … Devils update … Clarkson had fractured foot … Kane Negotiations … Prospect tourney cancelled
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Don Cherry thinks the NHL will be shut down for 2 months,
“I’m afraid it looks like two months. Everybody’s talking that they’re going to be out two months,” Cherry said after the walk Friday evening. “It’s a lockout, it’s a shame. Everybody’s making money but everybody wants more money, and wouldn’t you? And that’s the way it works. It’s too bad.
“It’s hard to believe we’re going to miss hockey for two months.”
- David Giambusso and Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils nor the NHL would confirm the NY Post report that owner Jeff Vanderbeek had an imminent 2 year deal with the lenders on refinancing a loan. A lockout would further complicate Vanderbeek’s situation,
“Until you know what the final parameters of the collective bargaining agreement are, it’s pure speculation to engage in any sort of discussion of what the Devils revenues and expenses could be,” said Scott Rosner, a sports business professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “My sense is that the parties in these negotiations have no idea how things are going to line up.”
Two people close to the situation were skeptical of the Post report. They did acknowledge that it’s possible that something occurs in the next week, but they have been negotiating similar settlements for over a year with nothing happening.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free-Press: There may come a time when the Jets and Evander Kane halt negotiations until a new CBA is in place. Both sides aren’t saying anything about the matter. The Jets had put a 6 year, $29 million on the table back in July. Kane’s side is looking for a Jeff Skinner deal (6 years, $34 million), while the Jets are looking for a Max Pacioretty deal (6 years, $27 million).
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils forward David Clarkson played in the playoffs with a fractured foot that didn’t know about.
“I had a bad foot at the beginning of the playoffis, and I hurt it again at the end,” Clarkson said yesterday. “Emotions are high during the playoffs and you can play through it, but then you realize you’re still sore a couple of weeks after it’s over. It was a fracture so I just stayed off it and relaxed this summer, if you can call it that. You can call me a sore loser.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings have cancelled the annual prospect camp that is held in Traverse City. GM Ken Holland,
“we had a conference call with all the teams involved. Due to the uncertainty of CBA negotiations and teams having to make commitments for hotel rooms and travel plans — the biggest thing is the hotel rooms. The people Up North needed to know if the rooms would be used or not. So we made the decision to cancel for 2012. We plan to be back next year.”
The Wings, Sabres, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Stars, Wild, Rangers and Blues were to take part in the tournament.
Morning notes on CBA, O’Reilly, Kovalev, Hurricanes, Galchenyuk, Ohlund, Gionta, Prust, Oilers goalie prospects and Simmonds
- Aaron Ward via twitter: “Further clarification to NHLPA proposal to limit non player spending by teams.Player concessions in 2005 lowered player costs while” … “non player costs sky rocketed.These costs can be defined as GM/Coaches salaries on down to Jet Fuel.Speaks to proposal theme of shared” … “financial responsibility in the PARTNERSHIP.The extra draft pick for teams in financial trouble is very discretionary and would be” … “mutually agreed upon by NHL/NHLPA on case by case basis with the intent to target the market/team in need.This would be very limited but” … “the pick itself would serve the purpose of helping to revitalize a team.Lastly,a franchise in distress under special circumstances,would” … “be permitted to trade/sell up to $4 million in cap space to another team giving the team a way of getting another ‘paycheck’.This would be” … “VERY limited and only available to teams in need.”
- TSN Video Link: Aaron Ward on that’s hockey talking about CBA.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Gary Bettman’s response to the NHLPA’s proposal: “The sides are far apart, there’s still a wide gap between us with not much time to go.” Don Fehr on Bettman’s response: “When you start with the proposal the owners made, how could it be otherwise. Consider what the (NHL) proposal was.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly’s agent on contract negotiations:
“I can’t comment on the negotiations, other than to say we are still working on it and will likely speak again next week.”
- George Malik via twitter: Allhockey.ru is reporting that Alex Kovalev told a Swiss team (HC Geneva) that he’s received offers from North American teams.
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes may still look to add some 4th line muscle. “What’s gone relatively unnoticed is the lack of concrete change on defense, an area where the Hurricanes have struggled since the core of the 2002 and 2006 teams moved on. Corvo is underrated defensively, but of the Hurricanes’ two free-agent departures, he’s more of a replacement for Jaroslav Spacek than he is Bryan Allen.”
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin thinks it could be difficult for 2012 1st round pick Alex Galchenyuk to make the team.
“It will be difficult because he didn’t play much hockey last season, but we’ll see how he does in training camp,”
Brian Gionta have recovered from his torn bicep and Bergevin isn’t concerned with Brandon Prust’s hand surgery this offseason.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Mattias Ohlund’s hockey career is still up in the air after 6 months of recovery from major knee surgery (“a thin layer of titanium was used to resurface his femur at the patellofemoral joint behind his kneecap. That created a cushion where cartilage had flaked away and bone-on-bone rubbing caused severe pain”).
“Do I have a dream to still play hockey? Yeah, I do,” Ohlund, 35, said Monday after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum. “I’m slowly getting better. But I don’t know what the end result will be.”
“Significantly improved,” Poirier said. “When he left me he could only get to 10, 12 reps; it was painful. Now he can do 15 to 20 reps without pain. The next step is to build him up even more.”
“Nobody has told me this is impossible,” Ohlund said of a comeback in his 14th NHL season.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Roy will likely split time with Yann Danis in the AHL. Tyler Bunz will likely take Roy’s spot as the starter in the ECHL.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Flyers have signed Wayne Simmonds to a 6 year, $23.875 million contract extension. It works out to just over $3.97 million per season.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Though it’s believed that Daniel Alfredsson will return next year, he wants to make sure he’s fully committed to the idea.
“We don’t know when Daniel and his family are going to come to a final decision. They are thinking it through and we’ll let everybody know,” Alfredsson’s agent J.P. Barry of CAA Sports said Monday.
Don’t be surprised if they sign him to a contract extension with a nice signing bonus to make up for $1 million salary he has this year.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: “I know the FA market demands it, but I’d be real careful doling out these 10-plus year contracts to guys who are already 27.” … “This is exactly why drafting well, stockpiling young talent and developing it into good to great NHL players is really you’re best shot” … “Otherwise, in a capped world, you eventually find yourself paying a 30-something guy not worth it $8 million a season w/untradeable contract”
- BD Gallof via twitter: Expect no more UFA moves by the Islanders, and no further changes perhaps until the new CBA is in place. Highly likely that the team you see now is what you’ll see in October.
Changes to Revenue Sharing coming? Caps to play in Russia … Possible returns tonight: Selanne, Johnson, Pietrangelo and Ehrhoff
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Chris Osgood was originally penciled in to start tonight in Chicago, but a team captain talked Mike Babcock into having him start Osgood on Sunday at home so he could possibly get his 400th win at home.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHL president Medvedev said the Washington Capitals could play in Russia as early as next season.
- Jake Leonard of the SF Chronicle: Potential suitors for Evgeni Nabokov could be: Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Matt Green has headed back to LA to get his head looked at. Willie Mitchell is headed to Nashville to see a doctor about a lower body injury.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: After missing the last 4 games with a groin injury, Teemu Selanne is set to re-join his Ducks teammates against the Hurricanes tonight.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Erik Johnson practiced with the Blues yesterday and there is a chance he could play tonight. There’s a chance Alex Pietrangelo plays tonight as well.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Christian Ehrhoff practiced with Canucks teammates yesterday for the first time since December 8th when he suffered a head injury. It was initially thought to be a concussion but turned out to be a vertigo issue.
- Mike Ziesberger of the Toronto Sun: There’s a chance that Nazem Kadri will be a healthy scratch tonight versus the Canucks. He was practicing with the 4th line yesterday.
“I need to understand that chipping the puck in is not such a bad thing. The little turnovers at their blue line and at our blue line are things I need to change.
“I’ll get it right. I’ll get my head around it. It caught me off-guard a bit. I’ve been going hard and I think things have been going pretty good but I guess there are things I need to improve.”
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: The Maple Leafs have recalled James Reimer as JS Giguere re-aggravated his groin.
- Chris Botta of the NY Times: The way the league’s revenue sharing works with lower-profile teams could change in the next C.B.A. according to Deputy Commish Bill Daily. In the current C.B.A., teams with TV market of over $2.5 million wouldn’t qualify for revenue sharing, which would include Anaheim, NY Islanders, and NJ Devils.