Hurricane Sandy Reading

To our readers on the East coast getting slammed by Hurricane Sandy, here’s some nice reading and a few Youtube videos to keep you occupied. The NHL is supposed to be cancelling the Winter Classic on Thursday, but I do not believe that this will actually happen because the Winter Classic’s cancellation will anger a GREAT amount of people, and don’t forget, this is where they make boat loads of money. Like I said before, if you ask a casual American fan who watches hockey once a year when he or she watches hockey, it’s always the same answer: Winter Classic. NHL’s main goal right now is focused on American growth, which makes the annual Winter Classic that much more important.  Another point brought up by Sportsnet’s John Shannon on the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast is that the only reason why the NHL had a Winter Classic was that NCAA football no longer had a bowl game on January 1st and asked the NHL to fill up a three hour timeslot. However, after next year, the NCAA wants its January 1st date back. So to tie it all back, if the NHL wants Americans to keep tuning into the Winter Classic, they have to make that day a spectacle. And you can’t make that day special if there’s nothing going on. Besides that, the NHL makes a boatload of money of the Winter Classic. Who doesn’t want the money?

 

Some nice Youtube videos to keep you interested,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8jvBdxMA-E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUuxnAINVnk&feature=channel&list=UL

Don’t worry, they’re NHL lockout related.

Is Kreider the next big thing for New York?

We all saw the Boxford, MA native in last years playoffs, coming straight out of college to make an immediate impact for the New York Rangers, but I think some of us underestimated just how impressive that was. Chris Kreider is a 6 foot 3 inch 230 pound winger from Boston College, who had 95 points in 3 college seasons, including 2 National Championships and a World Juniors Gold and Bronze medal. As you can see, Kreider has had experience playing on the big stage, which could be why John Tortorella put him almost immediately into the Rangers lineup after the National Championship game last year. Only playing in the playoffs for the Rangers last season, the 21 year old netted 5 goals and 2 assists in 18 NHL playoff games. Impressive to say the least, Kreider hasn’t let the lockout put a damper on his first season out of college. No, he’s not playing in the NHL right now like he would’ve hoped, but with the lockout at large he is playing against NHL talent in the AHL. In his first two games with the CT Whale, Kreider has netted 4 goals, including a hat-trick. Kreider hasn’t let the fame from last years playoffs get to his head, instead he’s worked harder this offseason and is rearing to go if the Players and Owners can work out a deal. Kreider provides a unique weapon to the Rangers lineup and is someone who should be on every teams radar. Watch Out for Chris Kreider.

Islanders on the move!

I know I’m a little late to the party, but it was announced that the New York Islanders would be moving to Brooklyn at 2015. They are moving to the new Barclays Centre. The team will be entering a 25 year lease. The NHL Board of Governors will not need to sign off on the move as the move from Long Island and Brooklyn is considered a move in the same territory. However, it is expected that the New York Rangers have to sign off on the deal as it approaches their territory. Luckily, the Rangers are expected to give the thumbs-up on this deal. People who have Islanders jerseys don’t fret though; the team name is expected to be the same. So no need to buy new jerseys!

Emotional Plea for NHL Hockey To Return

Emotional Plea for NHL Hockey To Return

Most pleas you see for hockey to return are just parodies of people who want their hockey. I’m not saying they’re bad or anything, in fact, I just spent an hour watching them. But this ones different. It’s a plea from a son from his dying father. It’s real tough stuff to watch, but if you could watch one video for the next month, watch this. I’m not the type of person who goes to protest every other day, but I’ve done one thing, I’ve tweeted people who could change the lockout about this. You should too. Just watch it and you’ll understand. To watch the video just click the title of the blogpost.

Couple of Realistic NHL start days.

As we reach a deadlock in the CBA negotiations, we’ve come up with a couple realistic scenarios that could show the start of the new NHL season. Note: This is all completely based on no insider information of the CBA negotiations.

Halloween: Just no. It’s not happening. Even the crazy optimistic NHL bargaining team doesn’t even think it’s possible, so what am I supposed to do? Nothing. Just no. Not happening. Besides, they’ve already cancelled the games till November 1st. I don’t think they can un-cancel them…

November 2nd: That’s what the uber-optimistic fan has in mind. The NHL is thinking that this is a possible date to start. However, if the NHL and the NHLPA start having intense negotiations and make a deal on the Hockey Related Revenue settled by let’s say next week (which in my opinion is highly unlikely) I would say November 2nd is a real possibility.  November 2nd is the ideal date for everyone, but as a pessimist, I don’t believe it’s a possible solution.

American Thanksgiving: To all the Canadian readers, Thanksgiving this year is on November 22nd. Personally, I think this is a good start to the year. When the NBA was locked out, the league came back on December 25th because they wanted to start the year with a bang, and what a bang it was.  The NHL can do the same thing with American Thanksgiving. How does a New York Rangers and Boston Bruins Thanksgiving Showdown sound? It won’t be the bang the NBA had, but hey, its good NHL hockey, and I’d be happy. Would you not?

New Year’s Day: Like the point I had before, what a bang to start the season The Winter Classic would be. If you ask a casual American fan who watches hockey once a year when he or she watches hockey, it’s always the same answer: Winter Classic. NHL’s main goal right now is focused on American growth, which makes the annual Winter Classic that much more important.  Another point brought up by Sportsnet’s John Shannon on the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast is that the only reason why the NHL had a Winter Classic was that NCAA football no longer had a bowl game on January 1st and asked the NHL to fill up a three hour timeslot. However, after next year, the NCAA wants its January 1st date back. So to tie it all back, if the NHL wants Americans to keep tuning into the Winter Classic, they have to make that day a spectacle. And you can’t make that day special if there’s nothing going on. Besides that, the NHL makes a boatload of money of the Winter Classic. Who doesn’t want the money?

Next Season: Yes. A whole season lost. That sucks. From what I’ve read, nobody wants this to stretch all the way till next season. I don’t think this is a very realistic scenario, because unlike before, the two sides are talking. In the 2004-2005 lockouts, neither party was talking to each other, until three months in to the lockout. Ask anyone who has knowledge of what’s going on and they’ll all tell you, it’s not the same. This time, they are way ahead of last time. The NHL and NHLPA both know that if this drags out long enough, many top players won’t come back, especially the European players. They’re playing in European leagues for good money and hometown fans. In the words of Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, “I said it before, before I sign a contract, if the league decides to cut out salaries and cut our contracts for what they want, I don’t know how many guys will be coming back.” That’s got to have a few owners scared.

 

What I think: I personally believe they will start the season on American Thanksgiving; the amount of money they can get from Thanksgiving is just too promising. The two sides aren’t working fast enough where they can do November 2nd as a start day. I also don’t believe the Winter Classic will be cancelled because Detroit and Toronto, two Original Six teams, that will bring in boatloads of revenue dollars from both sides of the border. There’s just too much money at stake. At the end of the day, it’s all about money. And when there’s that much money at stake you just suck it up and take it.

 

Written by Alson Lee, you can follow me on Twitter at @FutureInsider, @SkipThisChapter

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Introduction from a optimistic habs fan

Hey readers! I’m @Synyster_sparx aka Matt. I’ll be the guy complaining/whining/celebrating and cheering the Montreal Canadiens once the season is underway….thats right i said ”once the season is underway” i am very optimistic a deal can be reached by the NHL and the NHLPA. This way us fans can have something more interesting to talk about than collective bargaining! On the bright side its times like this where you can smile and realize your team is tied for first in the NHL and your favorite player is winning the scoring race. Soon we can all sit back and enjoy NHL hockey! I think all of us habs fans will be in for a treat this season but thats just my opinion. Remember you can follow me on twitter @Synyster_sparx id love to hear your critisism and positive feed back 😉 and dont forget to ”like” the facebook page as well http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog and last but not least tell your freinds!

Talk to all of you soon!

NEW CBA DEAL?

A proposal was set in place by the NHL today and here are the main features of that proposal:

A 50-50 revenue split for year one
82 game schedule
Free agency age becomes 28 or 8 years of NHL service
Entry level deals change from 3 years to two years
Contracts last up to 5 years
Salary Arbitration Eligibility would go from four years to five.

Something to make clear. The NHL lockout will not end tomorrow unless something drastic happens. What I’d like to think is that this is the start of something big. Remain here for the latest!

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Written by Alson Lee. Follow me on twitter! @SkipThisChapterr @FutureInsider
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