Friday's Dump & Chase: Waiting for the Ax to Fall

Bruce Bennett

With CBA negotiations going nowhere, the NHL is expected to wipe out another portion of the schedule at some point today. Our around-the-league notes start off this morning with a radical notion - what if the NHL cut to the bone, and re-organized around 12 high-revenue franchises?

Nashville Predators News

If you have a kid from ages 4 to 9 who wants to try the game out, your opportunity is coming soon.

Here's Shea Weber talking about the possibility of the pros putting together a local charity game. Is he really not aware of other games like this going on? Hal Gill barnstormed around Quebec in a bus recently...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

What would an NHL with just 12 teams look like? - The Globe and Mail
A couple weeks ago I was honored to take part in an exercise which is many a Canadian's dream - drafting teams for a massively contracted, 12-team NHL. You can vote on the best one right here (yes, I picked for Detroit).

N.H.L. Gives Union the Silent Treatment -
With all the attention on Brooklyn, there was basically nothing to speak of on the CBA front.

NHL closer to a deal than they think - The Globe and Mail
Yup, it's pretty freaking ridiculous that they can't work out a deal.

Derek Roy's ironic Tweets illustrate disconnect from reality - Puck Drunk Love

All-Star Game Safe ... For Now | BlueJackets Xtra
Hope springs eternal for Columbus fans.

Scott Hartnell finally headed to KalPa - Broad Street Hockey
Look who's joining Craig Smith over in Finland!

CHLPA threatens to sue clubs over ‘sweatshop’ conditions for players - The Globe and Mail
Is the CHLPA for real? We'll find out soon...

Move to Barclays is a win for Islanders, fans & New York City -
Even Larry Brooks is on board with this move.

Brooklyn's KHL games being moved back to Russia - USA Today
Since Barclays Center now has an agreement to host the New York Islanders, it's not surprising to see the deal to host a couple KHL games cancelled.

Davidson: No Rushing It | BlueJackets Xtra
John Davidson swears by the slow & steady approach in Columbus.

There Used To Be An Arena " LA Kings Insider
Kings broadcaster Bob Miller recalls two grand old barns, including Detroit's Olympia, which is where I saw my first NHL game.

OHL fight limit has cut fisticuffs by nearly one-third through season’s first month - Buzzing The Net
Stay tuned to see how this plays out over the course of the season, and tough guys start to approach the new 10-fight limit.

European hockey fans kick all kinds of ass | Backhand Shelf
Them Euros sure know how to have fun...

The final horse-trading that should lead to an arena deal for downtown Edmonton | Edmonton Journal
David Staples puts the lie to Daryl Katz's claim that Edmonton is one of the "smallest of small markets" in the NHL.

Blogger Outreach Strategy: How to Build Buzz for Your Business - Working the Net
This is not at all hockey-related, but you'd be amazed how many lame press releases I get on a regular basis asking me to pitch stuff to you guys. Very, very few businesses get it right.

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