I derive great satisfaction from following prospects, especially Kings’ prospects, playing in other leagues. But it turns out I don’t care at all how established NHL players are doing while playing in other leagues. Aside from an over-riding concern that everyone stays healthy for that distant day when the NHL returns, I don’t have an…
Choice A: Why the NHL needs to rid themselves of Gary Bettman – Grantland The case against Bettman in one sentence: The NHL sacrificed an entire season so they could reimagine their entire salary structure … and only seven years later, that “reimagining” went so poorly that they might have to sacrifice a second season…
“The commissioner shall be charged with protecting the integrity of the game of professional hockey and preserving public confidence in the league.” via KuklasKorner, quoting Daniel Tolensky, quoting the NHL Constitution.
If you ask for remedies to fix a broken economy, and get everything you want (2004), and then revenues explode to historic levels of more than $3 billion, and you say YOUR ECONOMY IS STILL BROKEN, then — well — YOU SUCK AT YOUR JOB. Or you’re a thief (see kleptocracy, below).
Well, Jeremy Roenick is an ex-King, so I am biased. In favor of Marleau. Marleau: “Just because I don’t jump up and down acting like a buffoon on the ice doesn’t mean I’m not into it” | ProHockeyTalk On Tuesday, the Sharks forward responded to critiques in Roenick’s new book by saying allegations of him…
The 2004-2005 lock-out took a year out of the careers of a generation of players. Now, the 2012-13 lock-out is robbing a second group, and it’s doing it to some people for the second time. Some players — Mike Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, come to mind — may even have benefitted from playing an entire season…
Since we opened the doors on April 2, 2012, the Kings have posted a record of 17-4-2 (1-0-2 in the regular season and 16-4 in the playoffs) for a winning percentage of .783. We expect no less when hockey returns.
He’s not waiver-exempt. He wasn’t on the Monarchs clear-day roster. And there is no CBA in place to govern his movement to the AHL.
DREGER: NHL makes major concession to players! Be optimistic!
WALSH: Maybe it would be better to wait for the details. Be pessimistic!
DREGER: Details, shmeetails! This is breaking news!
WALSH: It’s not news. It’s propaganda.
DREGER: What’s the difference?
Bettman’s legacy of expansion into non-traditional markets is responsible for the current lock-out. Without the political support of those same franchises — one of which is owned by the NHL — we would be watching NHL hockey now.
Shorter me: the Bettman experiment has blown up in his face. And this is what that looks like.