January 06 2013 09:41AM
After 16 hours of bargaining and mediation Saturday and early into Sunday morning, the National Hockey League and its Players Association came through with a tentative labour agreement that will see the remainder of the 2012-2013 season played out under a pro-rated salary cap.
A groggy Gary Bettman, who was speaking about as quickly as either Sedin accelerates (they're slow, get it?), clarified that the deal must be ratified on both sides, and that there was no information available yet on schedule or number of games to be played.
January 05 2013 02:21PM
There has been some work done on goaltender age recently, and the basic question surrounding the analysis has been "can we predict how Roberto Luongo will perform in his late 30s?" If we can, and if the indication is positive, it would imply a team may be wise to fork over a key asset or two for one of the best, consistent goalies of the era.
Luongo plays a very important role in goaltender analysis. He's the first elite goaltender to rise to prominence after the NHL began publishing even strength save percentage numbers in 1997-98. Luongo has played 12 NHL seasons, all of them coming after the switch. The only other goalie to play more games than Luongo since 1998 is Martin Brodeur, but some of his numbers are buried behind the impenetrable wall of simple save percentage as he established himself in New Jersey.
January 05 2013 12:06PM
After months of posturing through ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ negotiating, absurd press conferences, a search for a podium, rumors of NHLPA decertification, a good ol’ Canadian boy losing his mind, the filing of a lawsuit, and a bunch of other nonsense I’ve tried my damndest not to pay attention to, the aura of a 2013 NHL season seems closer than ever. While each side tries to squeak out everything they can bargain at the last minute, it seems that the DeLorean will indeed reach 88 mph before the point of no return. In proffering such optimism, I would like to speak briefly on one of issues that is going to change (I’ll say that again: change) the NHL under the new collective bargaining agreement; that is, the structure of player contracts, and specifically, the proposed maximum player term lengths.
December 30 2012 09:00AM
We're now in the thick of the holiday season and there's no NHL hockey, but there's still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.
December 24 2012 09:40AM
May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you're a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else's good time (looking at you, Bettman).