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Krys Barch ramblings and ownership fires

Krys Barch ramblings and ownership fires

by Ken Campbell - October 1, 2012 3:10 PM EDT

Ken Campbell shares his take on the Twitter messages from the Devils enforcer and the latest on the Devils and Coyotes ownership situations.
This is not good. We’re so early into the lockout that we haven’t even missed any regular season games yet and already the alcohol-induced Twitter ramblings of a goon are being considered legitimate news and commentary.


Future of Coyotes uncertain as ever

Future of Coyotes uncertain as ever

by Ken Campbell - September 28, 2012 2:55 PM EDT

The sale of the Coyotes may already be dead, though clear details are hard to come by.
One upside of the lockout for the NHL is that it has given the league more time to deal with the mess that continues to be the Phoenix Coyotes.


Edmonton mayor, city council should call Daryl Katz bluff

Edmonton mayor, city council should call Daryl Katz bluff

by Ken Campbell - September 25, 2012 4:40 PM EDT

The Oilers owner was in Seattle this week, which raised questions about possible relocation.
Here’s what I would do if I were Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel. I’d call Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz into my office and tell him that if he thinks he can get a better deal by moving his underachieving, perennial non-playoff team to Seattle, then he should fill his boots.


Why does Gary Bettman get all the blame?

Why does Gary Bettman get all the blame?

by Ken Campbell - September 24, 2012 3:05 PM EDT

Gary Bettman seems to be getting the finger pointed at him for everything under the sun these days, but that anger is misdirected.
Gary Bettman learned long before Chris Chelios made his veiled threats during the last lockout what it was like to live with a target on his back.


NHLers in Europe, USA Prospects Game and the Markham Arena

NHLers in Europe, USA Prospects Game and the Markham Arena

by Ken Campbell - September 21, 2012 3:50 PM EDT

Why are members of the players' union heading to Europe?; top prospects in Buffalo; and an interesting tidbit about the GTA Centre.
Some Friday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: The mass exodus of players to Europe will turn into a flood now that Sweden’s Competition Authority has ruled that the Elitserien’s decision to ban locked out NHL players from playing there is illegal.


NHL had chance to bury players in 2005

NHL had chance to bury players in 2005

by Ken Campbell - September 17, 2012 1:15 PM EDT

Unlike the players, NHL owners don't seem to know how to handle negotiations when they have all the leverage.
Not exactly cracking up any new ground here, but there is a lot about the NHL’s third lockout in the past 18 years that completely defies logic.


Could IIHF president Rene Fasel become IOC leader?

Could IIHF president Rene Fasel become IOC leader?

by Ken Campbell - September 14, 2012 1:43 PM EDT

Developments are happening on the international stage that could end up with Fasel in charge of the IOC, and Bob Nicholson in charge of the IIHF.
While the NHL and its players fight over how they should divide a $3.2 billion pie, there are some interesting machinations playing out on the international hockey level that could see hockey get a powerful voice on the International Olympic Committee and Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson taking the top job at the International Ice Hockey Federation.


NHL players united like never before

NHL players united like never before

by Ken Campbell - September 10, 2012 4:39 PM EDT

They don't have leverage in the CBA talks, but thanks to being alienated by the league, players are single-minded behind NHLPA boss Donald Fehr.
As we enter the last week before the NHL shuts its doors for its third lockout in 18 years, the league and the NHL Players’ Association will meet separately one more time.


Current CBA negotiations more complex than 2004-05

Current CBA negotiations more complex than 2004-05

by Ken Campbell - September 7, 2012 12:05 PM EDT

While the owners got the salary cap they were after last time, that very aspect complicates the current discussions.
Until about a year ago, the NHL talked about simply “tweaking” a collective bargaining agreement for which all the heavy lifting had been done in the 2004-05 lockout.


Rick DiPietro's return, P.K. Subban's contract offer and Jason Arnott's value

Rick DiPietro's return, P.K. Subban's contract offer and Jason Arnott's value

by Ken Campbell - August 3, 2012 2:49 PM EDT

THN's senior columnist gives his views on the news of Rick DiPietro being taken off the Islanders' injured reserve, and more.
A gathering of News and Views for your Friday dining and dancing pleasure, keeping in mind that it is indeed the dog days of summer: NEWS: The New York Islanders announce goaltender Rick DiPietro has been removed from the team’s injury reserve list.


Will Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry return as superstars?

Will Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry return as superstars?

by Ken Campbell - July 30, 2012 4:00 PM EDT

After the two Ducks suffered through a down year, will they return to elite status, or start a downward trajectory?
As the NHL, in the words of one agent, “try to idiot-proof the CBA once again,” two players who find themselves in rather interesting situations are Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.


Would the NHL contract the Coyotes?

Would the NHL contract the Coyotes?

by Ken Campbell - July 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT

Would the owners use the threat of lost jobs as leverage in any negotiations with the NHLPA?
On the surface, talks between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association on a new collective bargaining agreement have so far been civil.


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