by Ken Campbell - December 24, 2012 9:38 AM EST
As stories of money dominate the hockey headlines, remember this: even the smallest selfless act can impact a life's path.
The inside cover of the book is inscribed with the following words - “To: Kenny. From: Mom and Dad, Christmas 1973.” I always thought it was odd that the best gift I ever received was from Mom and Dad, but was clearly in handwriting that belonged to my older brother, Jim.
by Ken Campbell - December 21, 2012 12:51 PM EST
How a 15-year-old inks a half-million dollar deal...why Detroit's Sean Day plans to head North...and the impact of saying goodbye to the NHLPA.
Some pre-Christmas Friday observations for your dining and dancing pleasure: This piece of news should have all you kids out there practicing your stickhandling until your wrists give out.
by Ken Campbell - December 20, 2012 11:15 AM EST
At a charity event Wednesday night, most players who were asked seemed to be in favor of dissolving the union.
The players have been playing their cards extremely close to the vest, but if the responses at a charity game involving locked out players is any indication, you can expect them to vote overwhelmingly in favor of giving their executive committee the authority to file a disclaimer of interest this week.
by Ken Campbell - December 17, 2012 12:15 PM EST
The NHL seemingly won the last labor dispute, but since it didn't turn out that way the league is trying to entirely get its way.
I vividly recall chatting with Jeff O’Neill the day the lockout ended in 2005. Upon discovering that veterans with 10 years experience would get a single hotel room on the road, O’Neill quipped, “Boy we really took them to the cleaners on that one, didn’t we?” That was the tone of things in 2005.
by Ken Campbell - December 14, 2012 4:30 PM EST
Most of those representing Canada have made large sums of money already in their young careers; plus thoughts on disclaimer of interest.
There’s a good chance if you’re a Canadian, depending upon which time zone you occupy, you’ll either be waking up really early or staying up really late to watch Canada play its first game in the World Junior Championship on Boxing Day.
by Ken Campbell - December 10, 2012 11:56 AM EST
The two sides in the CBA war have never been closer to a deal than they are right now, despite what they're saying.
Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the negotiation process during this lockout is how the two sides can have such a diametrically opposed version of their own reality.
by Ken Campbell - December 7, 2012 7:51 PM EST
The money will stay the same, no matter how many years on are the deal...Keeping Bettman, Fehr out was folly...and all words lead to frustration.
NEW YORK – Some random thoughts on the heels of the debacle known as the latest round of collective bargaining negotiations: WATCH WHAT YOU WISH FOR I thought the most interesting thing anyone said Thursday came from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who said that restricting players to five-year contracts is “the hill we will die on.
by Ken Campbell - December 6, 2012 9:54 PM EST
Just as it looked like optimism was peeking through, CBA talks melted away Thursday night.
NEW YORK – As it turned out, all the optimism expressed over the past couple of days from both the NHL owners and the players was nothing more than a sham and a complete failure.
by Ken Campbell - December 3, 2012 4:00 PM EST
In what seems like a Hail Mary attempt, the NHL and NHLPA are cutting out their leaders in the next negotiating session.
Almost nobody in the hockey world is attaching even cautious optimism to the Tuesday owners-players-only meeting, which is probably wise. That’s because there are too many aspects to this that work against it merely being an exercise in futility.
by Ken Campbell - November 30, 2012 11:15 AM EST
According to the reported profits and losses, the disparity between the haves and have-nots won't be solved with the current revenue-sharing proposal.
Some Friday lockout musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: Over the past 10 days, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has taken a rather, um, unique approach to negotiating.
by Ken Campbell - November 26, 2012 3:38 PM EST
Twitter can be a dangerous place and one where the NHLPA is somehow hurting itself in the public relations battle.
So far in this lockout, the owners have been placed under a gag order by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. As a result, there have been very few cracks in their ranks and, regardless of whether or not you side with Bettman and the owners, they have basically been able to remain consistently on message.
by Ken Campbell - November 23, 2012 3:40 PM EST
Under the NHLPA, player salaries have sky-rocketed and with decertification having an uncertain result, it's a risky choice.
With each passing day in the NHL lockout, you have to wonder how the people on both sides can actually sleep at night. The only answer this corner can come up with is that when you snuggle up with that much money, it’s pretty easy.
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