The NHL tabled a proposal to the NHLPA, as I’m sure most of you have already heard. Details are here. I find it very promising that a proposal was tabled in mid-July. Fantastic. Very different from the last CBA negotiations. And the two sides will meet again Monday. Another break through. Remember Bob Goodenow? He would have sat on that proposal and sulked until the end of September.


That’s the good news. The bad news is the negotiating games. The idiotic starting point the NHL decided on. Reducing the player’s hockey-related revenues from 57 percent to 46 percent is obviously not going to happen, and it is equally obvious that the NHL hopes to start there and meet somewhere in the middle. But I think it was wrong to table something so out of whack. By that theory, start at zero percent – then you can meet at 28.5, right? Anyway, if the end goal is 50, start at 49 and don’t budge more than one or two. Don’t be insulting. Now the players will just counter with a proposal of 62 percent. All you do is add a couple of weeks to the negotiations. But anyway, I won’t dwell. It’s a positive thing that a proposal was tabled. Something to start with. And that they are meeting again quickly.


Other issues – the NHL proposed increasing the entry-level contract from three years to five, and changing the UFA from the age of 27 to simply “10 seasons in the NHL”. Contracts will be limited to five years, and there will be no more salary arbitration.


One more thing: “NHL proposal amounts to a Declaration of War against the NHLPA” – Larry Brooks. Uh, no. Relax Larry. They are no more at war than they’ve been at any time over the last six or seven years.


Wouldn’t it be funny if the NHLPA said “sure!” and then they signed it? It would be worth a lot to see the look on Daly’s and Bettman’s faces if they did that…but not billions of dollars a lot.


One of Winnipeg’s top forward prospects, Ivan Telegin, will miss prospects camp thanks to an injury suffered off the ice in Russia. The injury is to his hand, and he should be ready to go in September.


I actually got the above news thanks to the DobberHockey Newsfeed. The volunteer team has done a great job staying on top of news in the hockey world and I make it one my sources every evening when I put together the ramblings. It’s such a great double-check in case I’ve missed anything or wanted to discuss anything in particular. I don’t like the ramblings to be considered a complete source of news, as this stuff can be found anywhere. But I like to give the fantasy angle on things that interest me and that Newsfeed is a great starting point. You can always access it via the “Free Features” link at the top – as well as the free line combos, archived ramblings, the starting goalies chart, Band-Aid Boys, Windex Wonders and different sets of rules for starting your own keeper league.


Lokomotiv, the KHL team that was tragically lost in the plane crash last summer, will be active in the KHL in 2012-13 and have already signed some ‘known’ names to contracts. So far – Niklas Hagman, Viktov Kozlov, Staffan Kronwall, Curtis Sanford and Sami Lepisto.


So is Brad Boyes to be PA Parenteau’s replacement? Or is it Colin McDonald? Think about it – Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, Colin McDonald – all prolific AHL producers joining the Islanders at the age of 26 or 27… Not making a prediction, just saying


I love Angus’ thoughts in the ramblings the other day on Wojtek Wolski. His ‘easy minutes’ vs. ‘hard minutes’ and the line combos make complete sense to me. He shies away from the 50-point projection a little and frankly I don’t blame him. But in my eyes, Wolski either gets eight points or he gets 50-plus. There won’t be an in-between. He won’t get between nine and 49. It’s either success or fail, and it’s always smartest to put your money on ‘fail’ when it comes to players who are on the outs.


If I own Tyler Ennis, I would not trade him for Cody Hodgson. Not close, not interested. And I’m in the minority with this opinion. Follow your own opinion, but if you wanted mine you have it. A little surprised at the poll, but then again not really. Articles such as this one over at the Hockey Writers are prevalent – Hodgson is assumed the top guy, while Ennis is the afterthought. Who cares if Ennis was the best Sabre of the final six weeks and posted 22 points in his last 20 games? Or that Hodgson had eight points in that span?


Although the Capitals signed their top draft pick Filip Forsberg to an ELC, he will return to Sweden for the upcoming season. A lot of mock drafts had Forsberg in their first five picks, so the Caps got a steal here.


The Sabres signed Zemgus Girgensons to an ELC and thus he won’t be joining the NCAA ranks – it will be AHL or NHL a la Tomas Tatar’s route. He’s outplayed Grigorenko in prospect camp.


Carolina signed prospect Chris Terry to a two-year deal. Usually when I see that from a top-scoring prospect who is 23 years old, I expect that the second year will be a one-way deal. That’s often how they do things – Cal O’Reilly is one example who pops to mind. But no, Terry’s deal is two-way for both years. To me, that’s the kiss of death at his age.


Dominik Hasek wants to play in the NHL next year and he full expects to. He is 47 years old, but led the KHL in shutouts last season. Angus got into his recent accomplishments yesterday, but I read here that he’s looking for a multi-year deal. Good luck with that. I need a third goalie, is it bad that I actually thought about putting him on my list for a moment?


Hat tip to Puck Daddy for this clip – hockey highlights synced up to soccer commentating:



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angus said:

... I like Ennis more, too. Hodgson's skating is going to hold him back.
July 15, 2012
Votes: +2

Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... @germant

If they don't sign Yakupov to an ELC and he heads over to Russia to play if the NHL was locked out, maybe he wouldn't return. That's the risk.

Teams are signing 2012 picks to make sure they lock them up early. Don't want to lose them in 2 years.
July 15, 2012
Votes: +0

bullwinkle said:

Ennis I own him in two leagues and have had held onto him for a while now. This kid is just beginning to show what he's got.

The future? I like Hodgson, but I don't foresee even thinking about trading him for Ennis in the next couple of years.
July 15, 2012
Votes: +1

Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
57% How did the players originally get 57%? A lockout. The best way to lower that number is to not have your first offer drop by 11%. That's stupid. The hard ball tactic is one the owners used last time, and it did not work. You don't make up for past mistakes by making the same mistakes again. Save the semantics, they are not needed.
July 15, 2012
Votes: +0

germant said:

Why? Why would teams be signing 2012 draft picks already considering they MUST know that the NHL has tabled a 5 year entry level contract and is looking to reduce the bargaining leverage of prospects and rookies.

There's no rush to sign them anyway. The season is a) a long way away; b) doubtful it will even start on time.

If I was Edmonton, I wouldn't bother with signing Yakupov until the next CBA is set. As it stands, their options are sign him to a 3 year contract and then deal with him or see how the CBA shakes out and potentially sign him to a 5 year contract. Why not wait? What's the harm?
July 15, 2012
Votes: +0

Goalin Crazy UK said:

Goalin Crazy UK
Ennis Probably something to do with him being a midget? 5' 9" my arse! smilies/cool.gif
July 15, 2012
Votes: +3

Barclay said:

... Dobber, I would not trade Ennis (if I had him) for Hodgson either. Definitely prefer Ennis this year. However the poll, on the home page (assuming this is the poll you are referring too) was about which player would be the top C in 5 years. I think Hodgson, often compared to Trevor Linden has more, leadership and skill to be the top Center in Buffalo than Ennis, Grigorenko or other. Top center in 5 years is different than fantasy value this year.
July 15, 2012
Votes: +1

Jason_Banks said:

CBA Personally I feel for the sake of killing arguemnts, making things clean and not affecting the cap, the NHL should have preposed a Grandfathering clause to the scale back of player percentages of revenues:
12-13 Players get 56% of revenues
13-14 Players get 53% of revenues
14-15 Players get 50% of revenues

We can speculate with a model like this, the players will not suffer any setback in $$$ they earn and the cap would be pretty much unaffected... and by past #s it would still rise by 1-2 million a year not 4-6...

Entry Levels:

Teams/players should be able to decide how long the contract should be and could pick between 1-5 years... most NCAA players get 2 year entrys, and start them as soon as they sign (some sign 3 years at the end of the season, but soon as they play an NHL game, year 1 kicks in and is gone). Junior players almost always sign 3 years with the ability to slide years until they play 10+ NHL games in a season... Forcing players to sign for 5 years really hurts the 50 man signed contracts limit, as its more difficult to cut a failure without taking a $$$ hit for a play that does not deserve it.

Contract Limits:
To me what makes sence would be any contract signed before the age of 30 cannnot exceed the age of 35, be it 10 years signed at 25 or 4 years signed at 31.... any contact signed after 35 has a 3 year max and is subject to +35 status...
Also contracts cannot be front loaded, back loaded or givin bonuses...

I'm sure both the players and owners could be happy with something similer to that...

I'd also start talking about having KHL/European affliations like the AHL is, where as mostly european prospects could be assigned to teams over there (keeping Russian kids happier) and improve relations. Currently it is allowed to assign players to euro teams, but rarely used for call ups... Tom Wandell and Harri Sateri are the only players I know that have been recalled from Europe during the season...

With that the 50 contract cap should be increased to 60... with no slide exemption given to players assigned to pro teams... Ccurrently junior euro players are granted the slide while playing in the KHL, Russia 2, DEL, SEL, FEL yet they are still playing pro.

But I'm opening a whole new can of worms with that as the NHL would need to sign agreements with the KHL for affiliations and europe operates a bit differently than North America when it comes to Junior/College hockey...
July 15, 2012
Votes: +1

pudge said:

Re: Negotiation tactics Given that both sides want to do whatever they can to avoid a lockout, starting at 46 makes way more sense than opening with 49 and playing hardball there. If they tabled 49 and the NHLPA counters expecting to meet in the middle at 53, you're creating the potential for two sides picking their numbers and locking horns... by floating an absurd number they are setting the table to show that they want to be flexible and get it done.

49 and stick or 46 with lots of room to display how accommodating they are?

everyone wants to play friendly in this one.
July 15, 2012
Votes: +0
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