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Rand Simon's Blog: Canada's age system must be fixed

Rand Simon's Blog: Canada's age system must be fixed

by Rand Simon - January 18, 2010 10:50 AM EST

The data from Canada's U-18 national roster and the from the World Hockey Challenge once again show how kids born late in the year are getting the short shrift.
I have been fascinated by the birth date issue in hockey since reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, The Story of Success and I wanted to follow up on an item I wrote in this space a little more than a year ago.


Rand Simon's Blog: The 'joy' of tyke hockey

Rand Simon's Blog: The 'joy' of tyke hockey

by Rand Simon - December 21, 2009 10:25 AM EST

The certified NHL player agent takes a humorous look at his time coaching his son's winless minor hockey team.
I knew it was going to be a long year when in the middle of the third game of the season I told one of our defensemen to stay at the other team’s blueline when the puck was in their end and he asked me, “where’s the blueline?” We lost that game.


Rand Simon's Blog: An eye-opening experience in Sierra Leone

Rand Simon's Blog: An eye-opening experience in Sierra Leone

by Rand Simon - September 20, 2009 10:15 AM EDT

The certified NHL agent says it's easy to get caught up in the flashy world of pro sports when you're in the business, so a trip to Africa will leave a lasting impression.
It’s incredible a place so hot could produce so many cool chills. My trip to the West African country of Sierra Leone was an unforgettable, eye-opening experience punctuated by uplifting moments thanks to people who believe you can always sing in the face of dire circumstance.


Rand Simon's Blog: NHL announces 2011 all-star team

Rand Simon's Blog: NHL announces 2011 all-star team

by Rand Simon - January 13, 2009 12:05 PM EST

Would you believe this certified NHL player agent traveled into the future and grabbed the NHL's press release for the '11 ASG in Vegas?
January 13, 2011 THE HOCKEY NEWS, Toronto – The National Hockey League announced its Eastern Conference reserves today for the 59th annual NHL All-Star Game to be played in Las Vegas on Jan.


Rand Simon's Blog: Hockey ageism hurting kids' chances for success

Rand Simon's Blog: Hockey ageism hurting kids' chances for success

by Rand Simon - December 21, 2008 7:47 PM EST

Certified player agent Rand Simon explains why children born in the second half of the year are at a disadvantage in the hockey world.
When Saskatoon Blades left winger Curtis Hamilton was a young boy growing up in Kelowna, B.C. his parents, Bruce and Laureen decided not to register him for kindergarten with the other kids born in 1991.


Rand Simon's Blog: Free agent supply and demand

Rand Simon's Blog: Free agent supply and demand

by Rand Simon - December 5, 2008 12:37 PM EST

Certified player agent Rand Simon looks at the impact of the economy on the salary cap and how it will impact team's summer shopping lists.
Much has been written lately regarding the impact the current economic crisis will have on revenues in the National Hockey League, and the effect it will have on the upper salary cap limit going forward.


Rand Simon's Blog: Explaining qualifying offers and arbitration rights

Rand Simon's Blog: Explaining qualifying offers and arbitration rights

by Rand Simon - May 15, 2008 3:05 PM EDT

The certified player agent lays out what lies ahead for Group 2 free agents... and some stats of note from 2007-08.
The summer 2008 negotiating season is officially underway as NHL teams have started to submit qualifying offers to their Group 2 free agents.


Rand Simon's Blog: Signing RFAs will cost teams less this summer

Rand Simon's Blog: Signing RFAs will cost teams less this summer

by Rand Simon - April 18, 2008 2:15 PM EDT

Certified player agent Rand Simon explains how salary escalation means less compensation, and looks at the UFA market.
The Edmonton Oilers’ recent signing of defenseman Tom Gilbert to a six-year, $24-million contract was the latest example of a team locking up a young player to a multi-year deal.


Rand Simon's Blog: Who, what, where, when and Stevie Y

Rand Simon's Blog: Who, what, where, when and Stevie Y

by Rand Simon - March 5, 2008 1:19 PM EST

Certified player agent Rand Simon wonders why some radio hosts bother... discusses league parity... and calls for three assists (sometimes).
It’s time for some random thoughts as I deal with the annual late-season collapse from my hockey pool team (maybe it’s time to fire the coach?)… Dumbest thing heard on the radio recently (non-Rush Limbaugh division): "Look at Steve Yzerman, he hadn't done a thing by the time he was 28" -- Toronto-based sports radio host.


Rand Simon's Blog: A 'little' discussion about the All-Star Game

Rand Simon's Blog: A 'little' discussion about the All-Star Game

by Rand Simon - January 29, 2008 10:00 AM EST

This certified player agent doesn't understand the rationale behind ASG player selection any better than his son... and another reason the trade market is stale.
This past Friday my four-year-old son and I are driving home after a little shinny at Otter Creek in North Toronto when he asks me which teams are playing tonight.


Rand Simon's Blog: Keeping players in the fold

Rand Simon's Blog: Keeping players in the fold

by Rand Simon - January 11, 2008 9:52 AM EST

Certified player agent Rand Simon talks about how teams can use arbitration to prevent offer sheets on its RFAs... and the real deal with contract extensions.
My previous blog entry commented on NHL teams being proactive in getting players signed to contract extensions much earlier than they traditionally have in the past.


Rand Simon's Blog: Locking up youth a priority

Rand Simon's Blog: Locking up youth a priority

by Rand Simon - December 13, 2007 12:08 PM EST

Certified agent Rand Simon looks at the new contract extension trend and explains who can get bonuses and who can't.
While trades have been few and far between in the NHL this season, many GMs have been busy locking up their players to contract extensions. When the Nashville Predators announced the signing of center David Legwand to a six-year, $27-million contract Dec.


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