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Most members of Canadian WJC team have already struck gold

Most members of Canadian WJC team have already struck gold

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.


NHL-NHLPA not far apart, despite rhetoric

NHL-NHLPA not far apart, despite rhetoric

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.


Shorter contract lengths would be curse in disguise

Shorter contract lengths would be curse in disguise

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.


NHL, NHLPA negotiations break down in big way

NHL, NHLPA negotiations break down in big way

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.


Three reasons why owner-player meeting will fail

Three reasons why owner-player meeting will fail

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.


Forbes report does NHL no favors

Forbes report does NHL no favors

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.


Public outbursts don't help perception of players

Public outbursts don't help perception of players

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.


Decertifying union dangerous step for players

Decertifying union dangerous step for players

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.


CBA negotiations must get serious, or break off

CBA negotiations must get serious, or break off

by Ken Campbell - November 19, 2012 12:42 PM EST

Taking a break from CBA discussions may be a better option than trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.
Unless everyone in the hockey world is reading the tea leaves completely inaccurately, hockey fans should expect a whole lot of nothing to come out of the talks between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association Monday night.


NHL risks losing sponsorship money by taking two-week negotiating break

NHL risks losing sponsorship money by taking two-week negotiating break

by Ken Campbell - November 16, 2012 3:13 PM EST

By walking away from CBA negotiations for a couple weeks, the NHL risks leaving significant money on the table.
Former NHL coach and current broadcaster and bon vivant Harry Neale had one of the greatest lines in hockey history. Commenting on his 1981-82 Vancouver Canucks, Neale quipped, “Last season we couldn’t win at home.


Underappreciated Oates helps make 2012 HHOF class one for the ages

Underappreciated Oates helps make 2012 HHOF class one for the ages

by Ken Campbell - November 12, 2012 6:40 PM EST

The quartet of Oates, Sakic, Bure and Sundin are the third-highest scoring class ever. Incredible to think when Oates wasn't drafted in either the NHL or Ontario League.
The way Adam Oates remembers it, he played hockey, baseball and lacrosse and ran track against Wayne Gretzky when he was younger. “And he beat me at all of ‘em,” Oates says.


Nothing to fear but Fehr himself

Nothing to fear but Fehr himself

by Ken Campbell - November 12, 2012 12:10 PM EST

NHLPA leader Donald Fehr is getting into the NHL owners' heads with his wily negotiating tricks.
With the lockout on the verge of entering its third month, the Fehr Factor has entered negotiations in a big way. That much has become crystal clear with the NHL’s rising level of frustration in recent days.


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