Ken Campbell discusses the news and events around the NHL and world of hockey
by Ken Campbell - September 27, 2010 12:23 AM EDT
The fact NHL teams are able to bury bad contracts in the minors with no penalty isn't likely to make it into the next CBA without a fight.
When Wade Redden clears waivers early Monday afternoon, he’ll be faced with a wrenching, career-altering decision and his employers will essentially be let off scot-free.
by Ken Campbell - September 20, 2010 4:10 PM EDT
Even though the NHL and its officials are still working on a contract, the pros will work the pre-season; and how the NHL went wimpy.
As it turns out, not all the news on the labor front in the NHL is doom and gloom. Even though the league and the NHL Officials’ Association do not have a contract for this season, THN.
by Ken Campbell - September 13, 2010 3:45 PM EDT
While NFL players are showing a sign of unity before some games, don't expect the same gesture from NHL players a year from now.
Wasn’t it touching and inspirational to see NFL Players “stand as one” this past weekend with their single-finger salute prior to the first games of the season? If NHL players decide to do the same thing a year from now, please consider yourself permitted to hurl at them whatever is in your hand at the time, including blunt objects.
by Ken Campbell - September 7, 2010 3:00 PM EDT
After Donald Fehr listed his demands to take the job the NHLPA has been slow to react and me be re-thinking their potential new hire.
So let’s see if we’ve got this straight. The players are now getting a case of the humm-a-na humm-a-nas at the prospect of paying Donald Fehr the same amount of money the Toronto Maple Leafs will give to Colby Armstrong this season? Actually, Fehr’s demands beyond the $3 million-a-year stipend have sent up a number of red flags amongst the rank and file.
by Ken Campbell - September 3, 2010 6:18 PM EDT
With the league and the NHLPA agreeing to a new framework regarding long-term deals, teams are once again saved from themselves...at least for now.
When the NHL finally reached a collective bargaining agreement with its players five years ago, not even in its worst nightmare did it envision teams skirting the salary cap by signing star players to front-loaded contracts with double-figure terms.
by Ken Campbell - August 31, 2010 4:10 PM EDT
With players like James Neal, Marc Staal, Chris Stewart and Carey Price still looking for a contract, teams are finally showing a little restraint.
There are not many areas of the collective bargaining agreement where NHL teams can say they’ve used a whole lot of common sense. But as they’ve found their way in the cap world, their strategy with young players has improved.
by Ken Campbell - August 23, 2010 3:40 PM EDT
While some of the ideas discussed may seem ridiculous, not all of them will come to fruition. But the fact hockey's caretakers take time to talk can only help.
Like a lot of other people, I rolled my eyes at some of the potential rule changes that were given a test run at the NHL’s research and development camp last week.
by Ken Campbell - August 16, 2010 11:35 AM EDT
After five years of trying to keep goalies in their crease, it's time for another change to allow room for excitement.
All right, this was the plan: In an attempt to bolster the argument that the NHL should abolish the behind-the-net trapezoid, I was going to go to your YouTube there, type in ‘Goalie Fail,’ then watch the deluge of hilarious gaffes that led to goals from bumbling goalies coming out of the net to play the puck.
by Ken Campbell - August 9, 2010 11:10 AM EDT
In effectively replacing team president Pierre Boivin with Geoffrey Molson, the Canadiens made a somewhat risky move.
Lodged somewhere between the free agent frenzy – yeah, we know it’s a stretch – and the dog days of summer, came the rather quiet and curious announcement by the Montreal Canadiens they are effectively getting rid of team president Pierre Boivin.
by Ken Campbell - August 2, 2010 9:20 AM EDT
Even with four decades – and 18 NHL seasons – behind him, the Detroit Red Wings legend is playing at a superior level.
Nicklas Lidstrom didn't win his seventh Norris Trophy in 2009-10. The upside of that was it prevented the geniuses who organize the NHL’s awards ceremony from spelling his name “Lindstrom,” the way they did two years ago.
by Ken Campbell - July 21, 2010 12:10 AM EDT
Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year deal with New Jersey was rejected by the league Tuesday night, but what happens next?
The rejection of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract by the NHL is by no means unprecedented. In reality, the league rejects a handful of contracts every year.
by Ken Campbell - July 19, 2010 2:50 PM EDT
While the Kings missed out on a 50-goal scorer, they also missed out on future headaches when they'll have to start managing their money.
One member of the Los Angeles Kings management team wondered how the top executives would be feeling today. No doubt GM Dean Lombardi and his lieutenants are a little on the glum side.