Hockey Critic

30 July

Bob Goodenow steps down

About a week after the National Hockey League and its players association agreed upon a collective bargaining agreement, the head of the NHLPA, Bob Goodenow, announced that he was stepping down. His second in command, Ted Saskin, was promoted from his senior director position to replace Goodenow. The most popular question being asked is whether Bob Goodenow "jumped" or was "pushed" out of his position. It is a known fact that Goodenow was a hardliner, dead set against any sort of a salary cap or linkage to league revenues. The players executive committee may have decided to move against Goodenow and Saskin was as good a candidate as any since he is considered a key architect of the six year deal that was just signed. [Read More!]
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22 July

Pittsburgh Penguins win Sidney Crosby stakes

The NHL board of governers ratified the new CBA and the league also held its amateur entry draft lottery. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat out the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and will pick the first overall pick in the NHL entry draft scheduled for July 30th in Ottawa. Sidney Crosby is only 17 years old right now but is regarded as the next great hockey player. The Penguins should have Mario Lemeiux in the lineup but have been focusing on getting younger players in their lineup. Crosby may soon be playing an interesting Pens team with Malkin, Fleury and Lemieux. [Read More!]
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21 July

Players ratify labour deal

National Hockey League (NHL) players voted to ratify a six-year collective bargaining agreement that includes revenue sharing and a salary cap. The vote passed by a comfortable margin where 88% of the 550 players who voted, agreed with the recommendation of their executive committe. "We are looking forward to starting fresh with this new agreement," said NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow, who was joined at the news conference by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. "We are fully committed to this new deal." [Read More!]
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13 July

NHL and Union reach a tentative deal

It was over 300 days ago that the National Hockey League locked out its players at the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. The NHL and Players' Association struck a tentative deal this afternoon on a new collective bargaining agreement that could end the hockey lockout. The deal still requires ratification by the league's board of governors and players. It should be finalized in the next week or so and only then will any details be released. We do know that the agreement is for six years includes a hard salary cap, may be re-negotiable after four years and will include a 24% rollback on existing contracts. [Read More!]
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07 July

Sean Avery lashes out at union

All expectations are that the NHL and its union are on the verge of reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. But the leaked details about the CBA are a far cry from what the players association wanted throughout last year and just prior to Garry Bettman cancelling the season. Several players have recently voiced their frustrations on the fact that an NHL season may have been lost due to posturing and poor strategic vision. Detroit Red Wings goalie and player rep Manny Legace sounded a little peeved last week and now Kings tough guy Sean Avery had some pretty harsh words for Bob Goodenow and the executive committe. "We burned a year for nothing," said Avery. "We didn't win anything. We didn't prove anything. We didn't get anything. We wasted an entire season." [Read More!]
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