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Well, I heard today that as of last night (Wednesday), here in Dallas of course, around 250 fans according to a local news station “and” another local paper, met to chat and have it out with the NHL’s top negotiator, Bill Daly, and the Stars president Jim Lites.
Normally, during the course of any given season, I occasionally write articles like this because it gives me a chance to observe the goings on of the NHL and offer my views on trade rumors, most of which usually involve the star player of the moment headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a pile of dirty jockstraps and an autographed Anders Eriksson sock. Apparently, I can’t do that this year. All I can do is drum up more of the idiocy regarding the lack of the greatest sport on earth – trust me, there’s a lot of it.
Good evening everybody, tonight we are going to have ourselves an interview with the stud of the Blues Blueline, Mr. Chris Pronger. He will be replying to some recent issues that have come about lately. Mr.Pronger, please take a seat…
We have heard over and over again about the “sacrifices” that players made during the last lockout. What exactly are these sacrifices?
Many of you have seen the recent article by former NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch. Hirsch, who earns a living playing hockey in Europe, has been displaced by an NHL goaltender who took an overseas job to stay in shape. Hirsch points out the NHLers are pushing out people who earn far less than them and are essentially destroying the careers of these hockey players.
We all need to be pushed every now and then. When we are teetering on the fence and a push sends us down to the ground on the side we were leaning towards prior to the push. Not that the NHL or NHLPA is teetering on any fence. In fact they are both standing firmly on the grounds that they have each chosen which are situated on opposite sides of the fence. They are calling it a lockout. I am calling it an indefinite sentence of no televised hockey for the fans. We are at the pinnacle of a hockey situation of historically catastrophic proportion with no ambassador which is a monumental disappointment. The potentiality of there being no 2005 Stanley Cup Champion is growing every day. I find this to be an unspeakable outrage and I feel it has become time for the fans to speak up.
So I’m watching TV last week and Hockeycentral comes on and does a feature story about what NHL referees are doing – Don Van Massenhoven was selling cars at a dealership and another ref was installing cabinets!
NJ Devil’s goalie Marty Brodeur is quoted on TSN.ca as saying how disappointed he is that the two sides in the CBA battle aren’t negotiating. We goes on to say the NHL is treating the players like “kids” and that it “wasn’t fair”.
Are you tired of all this cba talk? Are you wondering how you’re team would be doing four games into the season?
Imagine you bring a friend to a Hockey game. The game ends in a scoreless tie and even OT could not produce a victor. It was an outstanding game despite the score. Each team exceeded 40 shots on goal and had countless two on one breakaways. There was even a few of those breakaways where the forwards went in one on one with the goalie in penalty shot fashion. In over time your team clanked the post three times in the last minute of play.
Finally – A player making sense. Florida Panther’s forward Juraj Kolnik spoke up on TSN.ca saying that if the owners come to an impasse that he would suit up and play for the Panthers under a new CBA.
Would Gretzky cosider going behind the bench to coach the Yotes?
Through out his career he’s won every award there is to be won by a forward , A couple of times. 4 Stanley Cups , Olympic Gold , World cup, Canada cup etc……….
After hearing the NHLPA regurgitate over and over again that all they are looking for is a “fair” deal, I decided to check it out and see what their definition of the word “fair” actually means.
Think of a crappy garage band playing the seediest bars in the city. At this point in time, the NHL doesn’t have much more prestige than a crappy garage band playing in a seedy bar. Hell, poker outdraws it on television, and crappy American cars driving around in circles for hours on end is more popular.
Ever since I have been on this site, I have noticed how everyone hates expansion teams, and how everyone wants the league to make conditions so teams will have to fold. I agree with that, but after heavy thinking, I have come up reasons as to why 30 teams is a good thing.
In this Article I will share with you the University of Michigan Wolverines NCAA Div I Mens Ice Hockey team. This team boasts 14 players which have been drafted to NHL teams. Some come to the U of M team already drafted before ever even playing at the NCAA level.
Hey Hockey Fans,
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Ed Snider Speaks Up About CBA
Flyers Chairman, Ed Snyder, spoke up today regarding the labor impasse with some of the most lucid comments regarding the riff between the NHL and NHLPA.
Jeremy Roenick is known and loved for his openly and honest comments but as Flyers’ GM Bob Clarke said recently there is “no speed bump between JR’s brain and his mouth.”