November 21 2012 12:25PM
The players union unveiled a new CBA offer this morning. It is fairly comprehensive and, unlike some of their previous offerings, has a sound basis for negotiation (from a league perspective, naturally).
The most significant movement is on the issue of player share of hockey reltaed revenue. The players accept an immediate 50/50 with the stipulation that the teams "make whole" existing contracts to he tune of $393 million spread over four years:
November 21 2012 08:34AM
Aw, you shouldn't have.
No, really. I mean it. You shouldn't have.
If you take yourself at all seriously about being a "journalist," sports or otherwise, you shouldn't have been in such a rush to "break" a story that you neglected to put some thought into it. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!
Whether you're a hockey analyst or just picking out a gift, it's the thought that counts.
And with both Christmas and the endgame in the NHL lockout both just around the corner, maybe a review of this idea is in order...
November 20 2012 10:17PM
See that? That's Alex Ovechkin.
See what he's doing? He's celebrating.
Know what he's celebrating? A goal.
How do you score a goal? Actually play hockey.
The KHL is doing that right now, and I quite like it. Hopefully you do, too. Enjoy!
November 20 2012 09:46AM
We really should have seen this more times than we actually have by this point of their careers.
There are many people who have felt the collateral damage stemming from the NHL lockout. The thing about this entire process is that it doesn't pick and choose who it leaves in its wake. Players who have essentially been left without a job. Arena workers and employees who have literally been left without a job. Writers who can only write so many times about the AHL, and prospects. And the fans, who just want to watch some professional hockey.
But another casualty that may not necessarily be in the forefront is the bigger picture for certain players. I'm specifically referring to the legacies that they leave behind as professional athletes; how will they be remembered, years after their playing days have come to an end? There's many things that factor into this, including word of mouth (the memories people have of watching them in their primes, that are passed down to younger generations), hardware accumulated (which encompasses both individual and team accomplishments), and statistics that allow them to put their own personal stamp into the record books.
What we generally fail to consider is how short a time frame they have to get all of that done, at least relatively speaking. According to recent studies, the average length of career for an NHL player is 5.5 years, which is an insanely low figure.
And that's why missing two full years - in 2004-05, and potentially this current one - is substantial. There are numerous great players around the league whose legacies will have conceivably been altered due to the two seasons that they never got a chance to perform in. Two of those guys just so happen to play in Vancouver.
Read Past the Jump for More.
November 19 2012 02:12PM
Image Via @ObiwanJennobi
So, at this point the NHL Lockout is driving me nuts. Without hockey games to analyze, line-combinations to explain, hot-streaks to debunk and unfair criticisms of Alain Vigneault to shit on - I'm left scraping the bottom of the barrel to manufacture blog content. Today's post arguably represents my lowest point (but realistically the lockout is only 70 days old, so I still have plenty of time to go even lower).
There are now more daily users on Instagram than there are on Twitter, and for the most part, people use Instagram the way Twitter's critics suggest Tweeters use Twitter (by which I mean that Instagram is 80% pictures of food).
For Canucks fans, Instagram appears to be used primarily to share photos of them meeting their favorite player, photos of their newest Canucks gear, of them and their friends cheering on the team, or to take pictures of weed with a Canucks lighter vaguely included in the photo. And all of these photos are shared with the hashtag: "#Canucks."
My favorite type of "#Canucks" tagged Instagram photo, however, are the photos from pet owners dressing their pets, children and snowmen up like real people. So I decided to curate the best, of the best cute Canucks supporters on Instagram. Enjoy!