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Campbell's Cuts: Wade Redden-style demotion sure to be CBA sticking point

Campbell's Cuts: Wade Redden-style demotion sure to be CBA sticking point

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.


Campbell's Cuts: NHL referees to work pre-season games without contract

Campbell's Cuts: NHL referees to work pre-season games without contract

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.


Campbell's Cuts: NHLPA not looking to pick fight with NHL

Campbell's Cuts: NHLPA not looking to pick fight with NHL

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Second-guessing means Fehr may not end up as NHLPA leader

Campbell's Cuts: Second-guessing means Fehr may not end up as NHLPA leader

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Kovy contract small price to pay to close CBA loophole

Campbell's Cuts: Kovy contract small price to pay to close CBA loophole

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Why so many RFAs are still unsigned

Campbell's Cuts: Why so many RFAs are still unsigned

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Meeting of the hockey minds never a bad idea

Campbell's Cuts: Meeting of the hockey minds never a bad idea

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Time for the NHL to cut goalie trapezoid

Campbell's Cuts: Time for the NHL to cut goalie trapezoid

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Quiet Canadiens front office change will impact on-ice product

Campbell's Cuts: Quiet Canadiens front office change will impact on-ice product

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Lidstrom still fabulous at 40

Campbell's Cuts: Lidstrom still fabulous at 40

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.


Campbell's Cuts: What Kovalchuk's rejected contract means to the NHL

Campbell's Cuts: What Kovalchuk's rejected contract means to the NHL

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.


Campbell's Cuts: Kings avoid potential salary cap disaster by missing out on Kovalchuk

Campbell's Cuts: Kings avoid potential salary cap disaster by missing out on Kovalchuk

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.


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