With the Olympics over, and most of free agency wrapped up, there's nothing left to distract us from the major issue facing the hockey world these days - CBA negotiations between the owners and players. With the NHLPA expected to submit their counter-proposal this week, things could start to get pretty ugly...
Nashville Predators News
The Hockey Junkies: One-A-Day: Nashville Predators
A rather unique take on the events of the summer, presented in the form of a mock Shea Weber roast...
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Dances with Wolves: Supporting the Players this Time | All Habs Hockey Magazine
That throwaway comment from 2004 about ticket prices is sure to come back and haunt the owners this time around.
Larry Brooks: Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL determined to cut players’ salaries, which would lead to lockout - NYPOST.com
Larry Brooks' use of hyperbolic language undermines the basic truths being expressed here.
NHL CBA negotiations set to be front page news - Ottawa Sun
Bruce Garrioch gets the crux of the issue with the CBA negotiations. This isn't about the owners vs. the players, it's big-market vs. small-market owners.
In Case of Lockout, N.H.L. Has Leeway on Winter Classic - NYTimes.com
Most expect the Winter Classic to be the impetus for eventually getting a deal done and starting the season, but if the NHL does have to cancel, they wouldn't lose much of their $3 million stadium rental fee.
Shea Weber, Louis C.K., and the real reason offer sheets are so rare | Puck Daddy
The salary cap system has pretty much ruined the notion of acquiring players via offer sheet.
The Peerless Prognosticator: The Value of Top-Five Draft Picks
The Preds haven't had one of these since David Legwand all the way back at the very beginning, in 1998.
1st Shift Corsi by Zone: The Impact of Neutral Zone Performance on Future Success - Fear The Fin
Here's a novel way to slice up the Corsi data.
Andreas Lilja to miss start of season after hip surgery - Broad Street Hockey
Uh oh, something tells me they're gonna offer sheet Jon Blum. (no, not really)
No NHL comeback for Cristobal Huet, signs 4-year deal with Swiss team | Puck Daddy
So... one day he says he belongs back in the NHL, then he signs with a 2nd-division Swiss team?
2012 U.S. WJC Camp: Day 8 Recap — USA vs. FIN | The United States of Hockey
Another update on how the kids are doing.