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No end in sight to bickering NHL lockout

No end in sight to bickering NHL lockout

by Adam Proteau - November 22, 2012 2:27 PM EST

Just when it started to look like both sides would start getting serious in negotiations, talks went off the rails again.
A couple weeks ago, it appeared the NHL and NHL Players’ Association were ready to get serious and end this preposterous lockout. But after this week’s shenanigans, it is clear we’re in for more brinkmanship and baseless rhetoric for a good stretch to come.


What will legacy of NHL owners be?

What will legacy of NHL owners be?

by Adam Proteau - November 15, 2012 1:39 PM EST

Adam pens an open letter to the NHL owners, questioning just what their legacies will be if another season is cancelled.
An Open Letter To NHL Owners: Hi, folks. You might recognize my name from my regular, often intense criticisms of you online, in print and on social media.


NHL finally getting serious at bargaining table

NHL finally getting serious at bargaining table

by Adam Proteau - November 8, 2012 2:49 PM EST

One side has been honorable and the other despicable in this negotiation, but hopefully it's finally going somewhere.
At this point in the current NHL lockout, the phrase “cautious optimism” is constantly being tossed around by pundits and off-the-record league sources.


Cancellation of Winter Classic symbolizes new low for NHL

Cancellation of Winter Classic symbolizes new low for NHL

by Adam Proteau - November 1, 2012 12:35 PM EDT

Even though the Winter Classic is only one game, it's a premier event that most fans enjoy during the holidays.
The NHL's cancellation of its Winter Classic event marks a new low for a league that has become an expert in public relations excavations. I’m not trying to convince you one cancelled game is in and of itself more heinous than the hundreds of regular-season contests already kiboshed in this latest lockout travesty that has become standard operating procedure for the league’s owners.


Improved management key to Islanders turnaround

Improved management key to Islanders turnaround

by Adam Proteau - October 25, 2012 1:13 PM EDT

Even though the Islanders announced a move to Brooklyn in 2015, their on-ice fortunes will remain the same unless the front office steps up.
When the New York Islanders’ announced Wednesday they would be moving from Nassau to Brooklyn in 2015, there was an overriding sense of melancholy among their long-suffering fan base.


Five teams that need an amnesty buyout

Five teams that need an amnesty buyout

by Adam Proteau - October 18, 2012 2:13 PM EDT

In the NHL's latest CBA offer, there was surprisingly no mention of an amnesty buyout period. If that sticks, who stands to lose most?
When the NHL publicly released its latest labor proposal this week, more than a few longtime industry observers were surprised that owners hadn’t offered some form of an amnesty buyout.


One-on-one with Donald Fehr

One-on-one with Donald Fehr

by Adam Proteau - October 3, 2012 4:05 PM EDT

With the NHL lockout in its third week, THN spoke to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr for a wide-ranging interview on the negotiating process and the road ahead.
With the NHL lockout in its third week, THN spoke to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr for a wide-ranging interview on the negotiating process and the road ahead.


Offering a solution to the CBA

Offering a solution to the CBA

by Adam Proteau - September 27, 2012 11:40 AM EDT

Adam Proteau outlines 11 points he believes would be a good way to solve the NHL lockout.
As the NHL lockout drags on, there will be (and indeed, already have been) many concepts of what a collective bargaining agreement solution could look like.


David Branch continues progressive approach against fighting

David Branch continues progressive approach against fighting

by Adam Proteau - September 20, 2012 2:31 PM EDT

The recent actions of the OHL commissioner to suspend fighters shows this aspect of the game is headed in one direction.
With this week’s announcement of new rules to curb gratuitous fighting in the Ontario League, commissioner David Branch has again shown himself to be one of the game’s most progressive forces.


GMs smart to sign players under new CBA

GMs smart to sign players under new CBA

by Adam Proteau - September 13, 2012 1:50 PM EDT

While some RFAs have signed long-term deals recently, team managers might be better off to wait for a new agreement to do business.
The angst-riddled cries have grown louder and louder and have come from all over the hockey map as we’ve gotten closer to the expiry of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.


No room for Alan Eagleson at Summit Series celebrations

No room for Alan Eagleson at Summit Series celebrations

by Adam Proteau - September 6, 2012 2:50 PM EDT

The disgraced former NHLPA executive director still has his supporters, but the harm he had on the game is too much to forget.
When you hear Bobby Clarke passionately defend the outcast Alan Eagleson on the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series both played major roles in, you almost feel sorry for hockey’s biggest Benedict Arnold.


Total parity not the best solution for NHL

Total parity not the best solution for NHL

by Adam Proteau - August 31, 2012 2:30 PM EDT

While the NHL pushes for more parity across the board, teams in powerful markets should be able to throw some of that weight around.
NHL team owners have a number of targets in the collective bargaining negotiations. As we’re all already painfully aware, first and foremost among them is their goal to pay less of the league’s revenues to players.


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