Parity, Profit and Competing Incentives

Kent Wilson
October 02 2012 08:47AM



A few things became clearer in the wake of Graphic Comments' three part series on the effects of the prior NHL CBA: that the NHL grew rapidly, but unevenly; that different owners actually have vastly disparate incentives, and that the current labour negotiations don't seem to be focusing on the leagues truly meaningful issues.

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Ottawa Senators 12-13 Preview: A Return To Respectability

Jonathan Willis
October 01 2012 03:40PM

In 2006-07, the Ottawa Senators finished with a plus-67 goal differential, 105 points and a loss in the Stanley Cup Finals in the post-season. In 2007-08, that goal differential dropped to plus-14 and they were swept in the first round. Over the next three seasons, the team would miss the playoffs twice, never finish with a positive goal differential and overall allowed 91 more goals than they scored.

In 2011-12, they finished plus-9 and made their return to the playoffs. Will the improvement continue?

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Why the NHL Lockout Won't Cancel the 2012-2013 Season

Jared Lunsford
October 01 2012 07:26AM

Negotiations can be tricky
Negotiations can be tricky, but nuclear war isn't in anyone's interests
Photo by Sharon Farmer

As the lockout rumbles on and negotiations show few signs of progress, we are all left to wonder how likely it is to cost us the 2012-2013 season. Most seem to believe that the season will start late and be shortened, as was the case for the 2011-2012 NBA season. Is that reasonable? To find out let's look at whether it's in the league's interest to lock the players out for the entire season if it means getting a better deal in negotiations.

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The Best of the Nation – 9.30.12

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2012 10:42AM

Photo: davidgsteadman/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

Looking at a Roberto Luongo trade, the advantages for an NHL team that operates it's own junior club, the craziness that awaits any NHL'er heading to Sweden for the lockout, Dan Cloutier's return to the NHL, and more after the jump.

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St. Louis Blues 12-13 Preview: Contenders Under Hitchcock

Jonathan Willis
September 29 2012 12:51PM

The 2011-12 season was the team’s best in over a decade. Will 2012-13 see the team improve upon it or fall back to the disappointing levels of previous seasons?

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