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Lubomir Visnovsky Will Very, Very Reluctantly Report to the Islanders
January 16th, 2013 at 3:19 PM
It has been reported today that Lubomir Visnovsky, the last NHL player remaining in the KHL, will in fact report to the New York Islanders after attending to some "personal issues" (apparently, one of his children is ill and he wants to stay until his family is well enough to travel)....

Lockout Over: NHL and NHLPA Reach CBA Agreement
January 7th, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Early Sunday morning, the NHL and NHLPA struck a deal on a new ten-year CBA, with a mutual opt-out provision after eight years.  Some of the major provisions are as follows: - The players' revenue share will decrease from its current level of 57% to 50% for the duration of the agreement.  A...

What If Bain Capital Bought the NHL in 2005?
December 26th, 2012 at 3:43 PM
A fascinating article about a real-life hypothetical.  During the 2004-5 NHL lockout, the owners heard a pitch from Bain Capital to buy the ENTIRE LEAGUE for $3.5 billion.  The article then explains why the offer was turned down and how the league might have looked like if the league had in...

NHL Brings Lawsuit Against NHLPA: Legal Chaos Likely to Ensue
December 19th, 2012 at 1:38 PM
On Monday, the NHL filed a lawsuit against the players and NHLPA in a New York federal court.  In their suit, they seek a number of declarations from the court, essentially ruling that the lockout is legal, that the NHL is immune from anti-trust actions stemming from the lockout, and...

Groundhog Day? Talks Between NHL and NHLPA Fall Apart Again, Season in Jeopardy
December 13th, 2012 at 8:45 AM
The NHL and NHLPA met with federal mediators again this week and came away with nothing.  The NHL made an offer, and pulled it off of the table when the players tried to counter.  The standoff between the two sides continues, with the NHL claiming that the sides are still...

NHL Players and Owners to Sit Down Face to Face with Fehr, Bettman on the Bench
December 4th, 2012 at 8:27 AM
The NHL's owners and players have tried nearly every form of dispute resolution, and so far it has not lead the league any closer to operating again.  Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman's negotiations have failed.  Federal mediators could not bridge the gap between the two parties.  Now, both the league...

NHL and NHLPA Head to Mediation
November 29th, 2012 at 3:00 PM
The NHL and the NHLPA meet with mediators for six hours yesterday and are meeting again  today.  This is the first time the sides have formally communicated since the NHL rejected the NHLPA's most recent CBA offer last week.   The two sides chose Federal Medication and Conciliation Services (FMCS) to help...

NHL Refuses to Actually Negotiate with Players, Lockout Continues
October 19th, 2012 at 9:36 AM
It has been an interesting, but once again unproductive week in the NHL lockout. First, there was the Deadspin report, which uncovered that that NHL had hired infamous GOP consultant wordsmith Frank Luntz (the man who turned the "estate tax" into the "death tax" and "rich people" into "job creators", among others)...

Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: the NHL Lockout Continues
October 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 PM
Many NHL fans are in the midst of the lockout blues, trying to cope with the recently canceled preseason games and inevitable cancelation of upcoming regular season games, watching their favorite players sign with clubs overseas, and force feeding themselves KHL highlights featuring a bevy of exported (some re-imported) NHL talent...

NHL Teams Hand Out $200 Million in Player Contracts on Eve of Lockout
September 19th, 2012 at 9:53 AM
The NHL officially locked out its players at midnight on Saturday, September 15th.  One of the reasons for the lockout, as made clear by commissioner Gary Bettman, is that players salaries are too exorbitant and the league needs a larger share of the overall revenue to deal with rising operating...

NHLPA Considers Circumventing Lockout for Canadian Teams
September 12th, 2012 at 1:21 PM
The NHLPA has reportedly been considering pursuing a course of action that would potentially prevent Canadian NHL teams from locking their players out in the event that a new CBA cannot be reached by the upcoming deadline.  Therefore, these players would be able to use the team facilities and would...

NHL Lockout Deadline Looms as Negotiations Cease Between Players and League
September 5th, 2012 at 9:32 AM
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has stated unequivocally that the NHL will lock out the players if there is no agreement reached between the sides by September 15th.  By all accounts, the two sides are very far apart on several core issues, most notably the percentage of league revenue to be...

NHLPA Submits an “Alternative View” in Labor Talks with NHL
August 15th, 2012 at 9:37 AM
On Tuesday, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported that the NHLPA has submitted a proposal to the NHL that NHLPA head Donald Fehr has termed "an alternative view" and not a counter-offer to the NHL's initial proposal.  The NHLPA's position is that the players are willing to take less money...

NHLPA Gears up for Counter-Proposal in Ongoing CBA Negotiations
August 8th, 2012 at 9:18 AM
The NHL's initial proposal in this summer's CBA negotiations with the NHLPA caused quite a stir when some of the details were made public next month.  Now it is the players' turn to make a counter-proposal.  First, however, they have to sift through over 75,000 pages of the league's financial...

Is the NHL’s First CBA Proposal a Cause for Concern?
July 18th, 2012 at 12:22 PM
It appears the owners have fired the first shot in the NHL's ongoing CBA negotiations and they certainly made an impression with the hockey media with their terms.  RDS of Montreal reported five of the NHL's terms put to the players in their first CBA proposals: 1.  Reduce players' hockey-related revenues...

The NHL’s Finances and How They Affect CBA Negotiations
February 8th, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Forbes has published some of the NHL's financials, and they show some interesting insight into the fiscal well-being of the league.  The good: team values are at an all time high and total revenue's increased 5% in the 2010-11 season from the year prior.  The bad: total league operating income is down 21% from the year prior ("operating income" is basically a team's revenues minus its expenses).  While some of that can be contributed to abnormally large losses from the Phoenix Coyotes...

NHLPA Rejects Proposed Realignment Plan: Precursor to Upcoming CBA Talks?
January 11th, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Last week, the NHLPA rejected a proposal for the realignment of the NHL, which was set to take effect in the 2012-13 season.  On December 5, 2011, the NHL presented a radical realignment proposal, which would have changed many aspects of how the hockey season played out.  Under the proposed realignment, there would be unbalanced conferences, with two conferences of seven teams and two conferences of eight teams.  Every team in the NHL would play a home-and-home against the other.  The playoffs...

Fans of Work Stoppages, Rejoice: National Hockey League CBA Expires in 2012
December 19th, 2011 at 9:00 AM
In a cruel twist of fate, the National Hockey League’s collective bargaining agreement expires on September 15, 2012, just a year after fans endured two lockouts due to expired CBAs in the NFL and NBA, respectively. Luckily the MLB - whose own CBA was set to expire in December 2011...