Adam Proteau's Column

CHLPA a long time coming for junior players

CHLPA a long time coming for junior players

by Adam Proteau - August 23, 2012 2:53 PM EDT

If the CHLPA officially forms, it would greatly benefit players who are underpaid for their contributions.
If owners of Canada’s major junior teams are being honest with themselves, they ought to be happy they’ve enjoyed an incredibly successful financial run without the nuisance of player unions or inconvenient questions about the divvying up of their considerable revenues.


Players playing nice in CBA talks

Players playing nice in CBA talks

by Adam Proteau - August 15, 2012 12:18 PM EDT

The NHLPA isn't sticking to its guns this time around, but instead is trying to help the owners not shoot themselves in the foot again.
Remember when some people portrayed NHLPA executive Don Fehr as professional hockey’s newest boogeyman, as an ogre who valued profit above oxygen and the love of close friends and family? Those folks ought to be hanging their heads in shame after the players union’s first collective bargaining proposal to NHL owners Tuesday.


Second Toronto team should motivate Maple Leafs

Second Toronto team should motivate Maple Leafs

by Adam Proteau - August 9, 2012 1:31 PM EDT

If Markham gets an NHL team in the next few years, it would provide a little close competition for the Leafs.
Perhaps the most famous part of Jurassic Park is the scene in which a glass of water faintly ripples before a rampaging dinosaur threatens the well-being of the helpless humans.


Recalling the Easter Epic 25 years on

Recalling the Easter Epic 25 years on

by Adam Proteau - August 2, 2012 10:40 AM EDT

Players and announcers discuss the longest Game 7 in NHL history, played between the Islanders and Capitals on April 18-19, 1987.
On April 18-19, 1987 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders played the longest Game 7 in NHL history.


Disappointment looms in Denver

Disappointment looms in Denver

by Adam Proteau - July 26, 2012 10:10 AM EDT

Instead of an Avalanche of reinforcements to improve a non-playoff team Colorado got a light flurry of help.
Not long ago the Colorado Avalanche were a prime destination for elite NHL players. The franchise was known for augmenting its already strong lineup by trading for stars such as Ray Bourque, Rob Blake and Theo Fleury or signing marquee free agents like Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya (the original, more accomplished version of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter).


Shea Weber contract magnifies disparity in NHL markets

Shea Weber contract magnifies disparity in NHL markets

by Adam Proteau - July 19, 2012 3:00 PM EDT

The Flyers' aggressive pursuit of Shea Weber flies in the face of the new CBA demands the owners are currently trying to negotiate.
In one sense, the Philadelphia Flyers did the Nashville Predators a favor by signing superstar defenseman Shea Weber to a mammoth restricted free agent offer sheet.


More to CBA negotiations than money

More to CBA negotiations than money

by Adam Proteau - July 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT

The trust, or mistrust, between the NHL and NHLPA will greatly impact the ongoing negotiations.
“Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.” – Martin Scorsese, legendary film director Framing matters, regardless of the situation or your station in life.


Art imitates life with real 'Goon'

Art imitates life with real 'Goon'

by Adam Proteau - July 8, 2012 9:50 AM EDT

Doug Smith is just like his big-screen counterpart: humble and thankful for the opportunity hockey gave him.
There are few professional hockey players who learned to skate on a pond at age 19. Even fewer of those late developers went on to become feared enforcers and win a championship at the pro level.


Brad Richards is Rich, and loved, in Manhattan

Brad Richards is Rich, and loved, in Manhattan

by Adam Proteau - July 7, 2012 9:10 AM EDT

Brad Richards feathered his nest in New York, but the Rangers grew their wealth, too. They got a natural-born winner and fiercely loyal leader.
By now, most people are fully aware of what New York Rangers star center Brad Richards can do once he steps on the ice. But few people understand how all the things that define him on the ice – the dedication, the loyalty, the burning desire to help in any area he’s able – also define him off of it.


Minnesota Wild now a model franchise and legit contender

Minnesota Wild now a model franchise and legit contender

by Adam Proteau - July 4, 2012 1:21 PM EDT

After the signings of Parise and Suter, Long-suffering fans now have a team with serious Cup aspirations to cheer for.
These two are for you, Norm Green. The Benedict Arnold of the Minnesota hockey scene – a.k.a. the former owner of the North Stars who relocated the franchise to Dallas in 1993 – had to be on the minds of long-time local puck-lovers as the Wild signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to gargantuan contracts and became the biggest winners so far this off-season.


Leafs management must exercise patience at draft

Leafs management must exercise patience at draft

by Adam Proteau - June 21, 2012 1:17 PM EDT

The Leafs will get a great prospect with the fifth overall selection, as long as they don't succumb to the mounting pressure to deal it away for a quick fix solution to their long playoff drought
On the eve of the 2012 draft, there are more than a few Maple Leafs fans uncomfortable enough to make you think they’re wearing underwear made of fire ants.


Difficult to side with owners in new labor war

Difficult to side with owners in new labor war

by Adam Proteau - June 14, 2012 3:00 PM EDT

After the owners got everything they wanted in the last CBA, it'll be difficult to believe they're still suffering seven years later.
I’ve got bad news and I’ve got worse news: The bad news is NHL fans are now stuck in the sticky-haze days of summer, far from their natural habitat of ice-cold arenas and innards-soothing hot drinks.


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