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Sergei Samsonov will try out for the San Jose Sharks. After Samsonov took a year off to get healthy (as far as I know), I find this one extremely interesting. He'll be 34 in the fall and he had 40 points in 2010-11.
Also in that link you'll find a news item on Nail Yakupov wiping out on the treadmill. Oy - the rookie injury curse is happening already for the Oilers, though it was just a rugburn.
Look at this - Michal Neuvirth thinks that Braden Holtby is his weakest competition. He feels that Varlamov and Vokoun were stronger competition. Where his logic falls short is health. All a goalie needs is to stay healthy and just like that he'll pass Neuvirth on the depth chart.
So the Canadian Hockey League is forming a union. On one hand, good for them. The players really get a raw deal in that league, generating revenue and seeing a tiny weekly allowance and minor expenses for their trouble. And 90% of them never make it to a level where they can earn a living off the sport. On the other hand, uh oh, ticket prices are about to go up. Because you just know that the owners aren't going to see their profits take any kind of dip.
It's August 21, generally well into the dead hockey news window - but with this CBA it's more so. Now we're stuck with all this off-ice news.
I made a comment yesterday that puzzled some people.
"Don't blame Bettman for the lockout. Blame the six or seven richest teams' ownership".
I'll clarify. Were it not for those highly profitable teams, Bettman - under the direction of the 23 other owners - would work on a CBA with revenue sharing. Lockout averted. But if I own the Leafs, and I made $250 million last year (I have no idea, just bear with me)… would I be happy if I make $220 million next year because $30 million went to poor teams? Even the players taking a cut, and a rollback, etc would only creep that number back up to $230. I'm still down quite a bit. And I have yacht payments to make. The point is, only a handful of owners are against revenue sharing. The rich ones. And there's your biggest sticking point.
Not that Bettman is a saint, mind you. Here is what it is like negotiating with him - this is what he did with CBC. Thanks to Sentium (ahem - Dakkster), who posted this in the forum. Check out this quote from that piece, from the perspective of CBC:
On July 19, in Montreal, we presented Bettman and Daly with a formal offer. Less than two weeks later, we met again in New York. This time Bettman tabled his revenue model, which had been prepared by an outside group of consultants. The numbers looked absurd to us. They were another world from what we were actually achieving. Bettman, however, seemed quite happy with them.
“So,” he asked, “now that you see how well you should be doing, how much more can you put on the table?”
“These numbers are crazy,” I said. “Your projections are way too aggressive.”
“Maybe you just have a lousy sales force,” he countered.
“We have a good sales force. They have been selling Hockey Night in Canada since the dawn of history. They know the market better than anyone.”
“Our consultants say you are priced too low,” Gary went on. He smiled cheerfully.
At last we agreed that his man, Steven Hatze-Petros, would meet with our head of sales, David Scapillati, to see whether there was a common ground. And in fact they did agree. By the end of the month they had produced a common revenue number, which was much closer to our own.
The next day, I called Bettman. He was his usual sunny self.
“Now,” I said, “since we have agreed on the revenues, we should be able to close.”
“Nope,” he replied.
“There is no agreement on the revenue number,” he said.
“That can’t be! Scapillati told me that he and Hatze-Petros had agreed.”
“Well, I didn’t.”
Another commente yesterday, I think it was Dukla, noted that he figured Eric Tangradi would be a bust three years ago and there is nothing to change his opinion. Right you are, my friend. But the easiest call to make in fantasy hockey is pointing to a prospect - any prospect outside the top 10 - and say "he'll be a bust". Nine times out of 10, you'll be right!
Yeah, lack of news has me commenting on comments now. Sigh.
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The NHLFA, now there's a group I haven't heard from since the last lockout, are back with a CBA proposal via extensive poll results. I remember when the NHLFA first got started. I think it was during my last year of university, so 14 years ago. I remember writing to them, commending them for their idea and offering my services. I didn't hear back.
Which teams would benefit the most from a lockout? Obviously, the youngest teams. The teams filled with stars who can play in the AHL (or junior) in October. And the teams that have been finishing near the bottom of the league a lot. Of course, Edmonton leads the pack. Think of the last lockout and extrapolate to this one:
1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would play in the WJC. As would Nail Yakupov. Last lockout had Crosby, Getzlaf, Perry, Bergeron, Carter, etc. Wonderful hockey.
2. For the draft, the NHL weighted teams based on their previous few years in the NHL standings. Um…yeah, so the Oilers would pretty much get all the lottery balls.
Bottom line - the Oilers benefit the most from a lockout. It would help the Islanders and the Blue Jackets, too.
4. Last time, Teemu Selanne limped into the break as a 50-point guy on the decline. One year off and he became a 90-point superstar again.
The Flyers have extended Scott Hartnell for six more years ($28.5 million). That's $4.75 million per year, up from his current $3.2 million (salary, not cap hit). Nice to get raises of close to 50%. How many of us Joe Lunchpails get that kind of raise? Pretty sweet.
Mike Fisher has signed a two-year extension with Nashville worth $4.2 million per.
Scott Hartnell highlights. Beauty: