Ken Campbell's Column

Markham Arena must move ahead without guarantee of NHL team

Markham Arena must move ahead without guarantee of NHL team

by Ken Campbell - November 9, 2012 2:45 PM EST

The City of Markham will have to take a risk now if it wants to be an attractive landing spot for an NHL team later.
When it comes to the most underserviced hockey market in the world, two things are going to eventually happen. The first is that an NHL-style rink will be built at some point in suburban Toronto.


Recent NHL CBA talks provide hope, but many hurdles still exist

Recent NHL CBA talks provide hope, but many hurdles still exist

by Ken Campbell - November 5, 2012 2:34 PM EST

Again we have an air of optimism surrounding the CBA, but how do you get 50-50 without cuts and what will become of the salary floor?
By all accounts, the negotiations for a deal to end The Lockout, Part III are beginning to get a little more serious. Please excuse us if you’ve heard this kind of thing before and gotten your hopes up, only to see them come crashing down amidst a sea of rhetoric.


Dysfunctional CHLPA preaches worthy cause

Dysfunctional CHLPA preaches worthy cause

by Ken Campbell - November 2, 2012 12:02 PM EDT

An improved education package and increased wages are worth fighting for, even if the CHLPA as currently constituted isn't fit to lead the charge.
You can bet there are more than a few junior hockey executives running around high-fiving people this morning. When you dodge a bullet you’re always happy.


Why Paul Kelly thinks expansion would help end NHL lockout

Why Paul Kelly thinks expansion would help end NHL lockout

by Ken Campbell - October 29, 2012 12:45 PM EDT

The ex-NHLPA executive director explains his thoughts on how fees for new teams could help bridge the gap between the two sides.
As we’ve all come to know over the past couple of weeks, solving the impasse that has led to NHL Lockout, Part III isn’t exactly as easy as people would like to believe.


Would the NHL have been better off under Bain Capital ownership?

Would the NHL have been better off under Bain Capital ownership?

by Ken Campbell - October 26, 2012 3:20 PM EDT

If the private equity company purchased the entire league during the last lockout, would the NHL be in a better place today?
It was interesting to see U.S. President Barack Obama weigh in on the NHL lockout recently with late night host Jay Leno by saying, “Y’all should be able to figure this out.


NHL must get CBA right at any cost

NHL must get CBA right at any cost

by Ken Campbell - October 22, 2012 11:43 AM EDT

The owners didn't tie up all the loopholes in the last negotiation and can't afford to make the same type of blunder again.
If the NHL is to be believed, a new collective bargaining agreement must be struck by Thursday in order for it to preserve the integrity of an 82-game season.


NHL rejects three NHLPA offers; long lockout looms

NHL rejects three NHLPA offers; long lockout looms

by Ken Campbell - October 18, 2012 10:35 PM EDT

After so much optimism on Tuesday, the two sides met again and claimed to be far apart.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman came to the microphone after meeting with the NHL Players’ Association Thursday afternoon and if you looked closely enough, you could see traces of smoke coming out of his ears.


Analyzing the NHL's latest CBA offer

Analyzing the NHL's latest CBA offer

by Ken Campbell - October 17, 2012 2:55 PM EDT

Is the league's 50-50 offer all it's cracked up to be? Ken Campbell breaks down the good, bad and ugly.
Well, that was a rather impressive and speedy about-face by the NHL, wasn’t it? Just yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the following words: “A lot of you know we don’t negotiate publicly, and I’m not going to break that habit because I don’t think it’s constructive.


NHL proposal provides optimism

NHL proposal provides optimism

by Ken Campbell - October 16, 2012 3:19 PM EDT

There's no guarantee a new CBA is imminent, but the league's 50-50 offer shows a willingness to negotiate and that's a huge step in the right direction.
The devil is most certainly in the details, but there is every reason to believe the bold and out-of-the blue proposal the NHL made to the Players' Association Tuesday morning can provide at least the basis for a deal that could save a full 82-game season.


NHL players miss first payday

NHL players miss first payday

by Ken Campbell - October 15, 2012 3:13 PM EDT

As players begin missing out on their paycheques, will pressure build on them to return?
Today would have been a very good day to be Ilya Kovalchuk. That’s because, if the NHL were operating right now, Kovalchuk would have reported to the Prudential Center in anticipation for a game Wednesday night against the New York Rangers and picked up a pay stub for $297,297 (plus change, minus taxes and escrow).


'AHL on steroids' will be big adjustment for NHL prospects

'AHL on steroids' will be big adjustment for NHL prospects

by Ken Campbell - October 12, 2012 4:21 PM EDT

Transitioning from junior or college is tough enough for young players, but with more high-end talent skating in the league it'll be an even bigger step up.
CLEVELAND – As the puck drops on the American League season Friday night, Edmonton Oilers prospect Taylor Fedun and about 100 other players will get their first real taste of professional hockey.


Why house league hockey is an attractive option

Why house league hockey is an attractive option

by Ken Campbell - October 5, 2012 10:41 AM EDT

With minor hockey numbers in Canada declining, there is a less serious route you can take that provides plenty of fun.
It’s understandable why a company such as Bauer would be spearheading an initiative to double the number of hockey players in Canada and bump the worldwide numbers by a million.


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