Ken Campbell's Column

Aggressive Flyers wise to seek goalie upgrade

Aggressive Flyers wise to seek goalie upgrade

by Ken Campbell - January 11, 2013 4:15 PM EST

It appears the Flyers are, in fact, interested in acquiring Roberto Luongo, which is a move they should be looking into making at the start of this CBA.
For the record, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has categorically denied having any interest in entering the Roberto Luongo Sweepstakes.


Why Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke deserved to be fired

Why Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke deserved to be fired

by Ken Campbell - January 9, 2013 5:10 PM EST

After more than four years on the job and no playoff games to show for it, the brash GM didn't do enough to keep his job.
Whether it was because of his personality or his performance, Brian Burke deserved to be fired. It’s as simple as that, really. Let’s start with personality.


With lockout now over, it's time for Gary Bettman to step down

With lockout now over, it's time for Gary Bettman to step down

by Ken Campbell - January 6, 2013 3:35 PM EST

Why the dismissal of the long-standing commissioner would be the first step towards healing the NHL's relationship with its fans.
It’s impossible to determine whether all of this would have/could have been avoided if someone other than Gary Bettman had been occupying the commissioner’s chair in the NHL office for the past two decades.


NHL, NHLPA look foolish during negotiations

NHL, NHLPA look foolish during negotiations

by Ken Campbell - January 4, 2013 2:40 PM EST

Whether it's head games or outrageous, inconsistent demands, both sides in this lockout are getting more ridiculous by the day.
Since the beginning of this lockout, your trusty correspondent has done his level best to respect the process. At no time did I ever think the lockout was needless or silly or all about egos or settling scores.


Fans deserve NHLers at Olympics after lockout mess

Fans deserve NHLers at Olympics after lockout mess

by Ken Campbell - December 31, 2012 10:50 AM EST

The least the nHL could do for its fans is go ahead with approving their involvement in a best-on-best tournament every four years.
It would come as no surprise if NHL Players’ Association executive director Don Fehr spends the next couple of days trying to wring more out of the NHL’s latest offer.


Fifteen promises for 2013

Fifteen promises for 2013

by Ken Campbell - December 30, 2012 11:05 AM EST

NHL players should resolve to stop making themselves look bad on Twitter. And I’ll aim to do likewise now that I’ve finally signed up.
Assuming you’re reading this, the end of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar – which coincided with Lou Lamoriello becoming the GM of the New Jersey Devils when they were established – did not mean the end of the world.


Thanks to Donald Fehr, NHL negotiating against itself...and losing

Thanks to Donald Fehr, NHL negotiating against itself...and losing

by Ken Campbell - December 29, 2012 12:10 AM EST

With the latest CBA proposal, the league has folded on issues it said it wouldn't budge on. Why is the NHLPA winning once again?
The NHL players reportedly pay Donald Fehr about $3 million a year to run the affairs of their association. Given recent developments, all 750 of them should be tripping over themselves to give him an enormous raise.


CBA negotiations enter crunch time

CBA negotiations enter crunch time

by Ken Campbell - December 28, 2012 11:28 AM EST

Time is quickly running out for the NHL and NHLPA to save the 2012-13 season... plus other thoughts.
A number of people in the hockey industry, including a good number of my colleagues, believe there will be hockey played this season and the NHL will be up and running by the middle of January.


Thinking about a book, and a brother, at Christmas

Thinking about a book, and a brother, at Christmas

by Ken Campbell - December 24, 2012 9:38 AM EST

As stories of money dominate the hockey headlines, remember this: even the smallest selfless act can impact a life's path.
The inside cover of the book is inscribed with the following words - “To: Kenny. From: Mom and Dad, Christmas 1973.” I always thought it was odd that the best gift I ever received was from Mom and Dad, but was clearly in handwriting that belonged to my older brother, Jim.


Can't-miss NHL prospects - big pay day for McDavid; speedy Day to play for Canada

Can't-miss NHL prospects - big pay day for McDavid; speedy Day to play for Canada

by Ken Campbell - December 21, 2012 12:51 PM EST

How a 15-year-old inks a half-million dollar deal...why Detroit's Sean Day plans to head North...and the impact of saying goodbye to the NHLPA.
Some pre-Christmas Friday observations for your dining and dancing pleasure: This piece of news should have all you kids out there practicing your stickhandling until your wrists give out.


Players appear in favor of disclaiming interest

Players appear in favor of disclaiming interest

by Ken Campbell - December 20, 2012 11:15 AM EST

At a charity event Wednesday night, most players who were asked seemed to be in favor of dissolving the union.
The players have been playing their cards extremely close to the vest, but if the responses at a charity game involving locked out players is any indication, you can expect them to vote overwhelmingly in favor of giving their executive committee the authority to file a disclaimer of interest this week.


NHL preoccupied with crushing NHLPA

NHL preoccupied with crushing NHLPA

by Ken Campbell - December 17, 2012 12:15 PM EST

The NHL seemingly won the last labor dispute, but since it didn't turn out that way the league is trying to entirely get its way.
I vividly recall chatting with Jeff O’Neill the day the lockout ended in 2005. Upon discovering that veterans with 10 years experience would get a single hotel room on the road, O’Neill quipped, “Boy we really took them to the cleaners on that one, didn’t we?” That was the tone of things in 2005.


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