Why The League Cries Poor

Kent Wilson
September 04 2012 04:18PM



During the previous CBA fight, the owners side basically won the PR battle thanks to a number of factors including a weak Canadian dollar, profligate spending by big markets, suffering Canadian franchises and a complicit press.

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What Happens After You Go From The Outhouse To The Penthouse? 2012-13 New Jersey Devils Season Preview

Brent Morris
August 31 2012 10:54AM



In July of 2011, the Wynn in Las Vegas placed the odds of the Devils winning the 2012 Stanley Cup at 50-1.

It must've been quite a surprise to whomever set that line to see the Devils make the playoffs - a 50-1 line suggests a hopeless team, one far away from playoff contention. Only 5 clubs right now are listed as that unlikely to win the 2013 Stanley Cup according to Bovada. It must've been a bigger surprise to watch them take down the Flyers and #1 seeded Rangers on the way to the Cup Finals. Despite that performance, the Devils are listed as 28/1 this year, and while that number still seems pessimistic, it's certainly much closer to accurate than last year's 50/1 number.  They've lost some key pieces and others likely can't be counted on.  Let's see what will contribute to the Devils' decline after the jump...

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2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers Preview: No Longer With Pronger

Eric T.
August 30 2012 08:24AM

Bryzgalov spent the off-season working on his camouflage so he can hide from the Philadelphia media
photo by Andrey Godyaykin (www.for-wikimedia.bolshoisport.ru), via Wikimedia Commons

The Flyers have an amazing ability to lead the league in both long contracts and roster turnover.

Even after trading away Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and James van Riemsdyk; even after failing to add Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, or Shea Weber on offered 10+ year contracts, the Flyers still have more players signed through 2015-16 than any other team (they have nine; Montreal and Carolina are next with seven).

And yet the Flyers are still not long on roster stability, as they have continually turned over the roster in recent years -- the longest-tenured Flyer is Braydon Coburn, and the longest-tenured player who they drafted is Claude Giroux.

Depite the turnover, the Flyers have been extremely successful. Over the last five years, their worst season was either 88 points and a Wales Trophy in '09-10 or 99 points and a first-round playoff loss in '08-09. Can that continue this year?

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NHL Math: When 51.6% Is Actually Less Than 50%

Jonathan Willis
August 29 2012 11:35AM

Details about the NHL’s new CBA proposal have come out – TSN has the details here - and at first glance it looks like a significant step in the right direction. There’s no roll-back, and the players will earn more than 50 percent of hockey-related revenue in the first two years of the deal, a little less in year three, and then 50 percent for the next three seasons. Given that most feel the deal will eventually be a 50/50 split between owners and players, that sounds fair, right?

It’s a step in the right direction, but the proposal is nowhere near as good as it looks at first blush.

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Vancouver Canucks 2012-13 Annual: All the President's Men

Thomas Drance
August 29 2012 07:47AM

Can the Canucks go back-to-back-to-back? (And then get eliminated in the first round again?)

Partly because they play in such a thoroughly woeful division, the Canucks managed to repeat as President's Trophy winners last season. But their first round playoff exit, in five games at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, marred the 2011-12 campaign as a "failure."

Being at the absolute top of the table is a testament to the quality and consistency of the roster, but regular season dominance simply isn't the goal for this club, or their management team.

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