Hockey Critic

23 September

Brian Burke's CBA proposal

This is the proposal Brian Burke made during the World Cup Hockey finals, last week.

1. Phase in agreement over two years

2. Commit to a 12-year contract

3. Escrow:

- Seven per cent of player payroll
- Ten per cent of designated hockey revenue (DHR)
- Arena construction fund

4. Agree to share revenues of $200 million with $75 million coming from playoff pool

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21 September

Making the Cut debuts on CBC

I am not a huge reality TV fan, actually I don't watch any of the shows. But one show caught my attention and I made sure to spend two hours this morning to watch CBC's latest entry in the reatlity TV universe - "Making the Cut". As you can guess, this reality TV show is about an opportunity for regular guys and girls to make it to the NHL. Big hockey names like Mike Keenan and Scotty Bowman are involved with the "Making the Cut" as coaches, along with Jack Birch as the general manager. The first episode was a 2 hour show going over the initial tryouts that took place in Hailifax, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnepeg, Calgary and Vancouver. [Read More!]
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16 September

NHL owners lockout players

As expected, the National Hockey League owners and board of governors decided to lock out the players as their collective bargaining agreement expired on Sept 15, 2004. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the lockout in New York and reiterated the ownership's position for the need of cost certainly (salary cap). The NHLPA's Bob Goodenow did not waste much time in rejecting the notion of a salary cap and exalted the virtues of a "free market" system. In other words, both sides have been talking for about a year and a half and have been unable to come to any kind of a compromise/understanding on the very key issue of player salaries. [Read More!]
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14 September

Canada reigns supreme

The World Cup of hockey will be staying in Canada. The Canadian hockey team defeated Finland 3-2 to win its first World Cup/Canada Cup since 1991. The game which was played at the Air Canada Center in Toronto was mostly a defensive affair, where the Canadians were barely able to eek out a victory. The marquee match up was in goal with Martin Brodeur returning after sustaning a wrist injury to face Flames star goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. [Read More!]
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13 September

Canada to play Finland in World Cup Hockey final

The stage is set for a memorable World Cup hockey final. Last week the Finnish squad took on team USA in Minneapolis. The Americans were first to score as Doug Weight netted a on a sweet pass from Scott Gomez. The score stayed at 1-0 for USA until the beginning of the third period. Finland tied the game five minutes into the third when Florida's Olli Jokinen slammed home a long rebound in the slot. Saku Koivu then took advantage of a defensive lapse by the Americans for the go ahead goal with only three minutes to go in the game. The Finns managed to survive a last minute flurry and eliminated the defending champions for a berth in the finals.
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