September 10 2012 01:10PM
Those were hard days for Trevor Linden and the NHLPA
Labour law has a long tradition in Canada, and it's no surprise that a game so interwoven with Canada's national identity is currently watching as its players seek to take advantage of the rights that have been afforded to them. Efforts in Quebec and Alberta may only delay the inevitable, but there's an intriguing local angle to sports labour law that is worth considering.
The Canucks players in 2005 tried to certify themselves as a unique union in the province of British Columbia. Ultimately they lost the case, and weren't permitted to certify, but the story is particularly relevant today given the announcement that Canadiens players will move to block a lockout in Quebec under the unique circumstances afforded them. More on that later.
September 10 2012 10:45AM
In early June, before the Canucks and Mike Gillis had re-signed Cory Schneider, there was a lot of uncertainty between the pipes in Vancouver. Uncertainty in the hockey world is a putrefying fruit bowl, it attracts idle chatter and speculative conjecture like fruit flies. So I decided I'd start a "Strombabble" series to discuss the twists and turns of the Luongo trade market, and parse through the available information leading up to the draft. Lo and behold: a third of a calender year later, I'm still writing them.
This week, Luongo will do what was nearly unthinkable in late April: he'll return to Vancouver to temporarily re-join his Canucks teammates for a celebrity golf tournament this week. Per George Richards of the Miami Herald:
Will Luongo also meet with Canucks brass to discuss their current trade posture, and the Strombian one's possible future with a non-Panthers NHL club? We'll have to wait and see, but clearly Mike Gillis wasn't bluffing - though we guffawed about it at the time - when he spoke about retaining Luongo's services next season.
Read on past the jump.
September 10 2012 10:22AM
So you may have noticed some McKeen's Hockey banners popping up here and there across the Nation. That's because the boys over at McKeen's are launching a new website and subscription service that will replace their excellent annual magazines.
September 09 2012 11:46AM
Usually we'd be starting to talk about training camp around this time. Instead, the focus is still the possible lockout, the summer's activities by Canada's NHL teams and advanced stats and how they enhance our enjoyment of the game. We explore these topics and others with guests Harrison Mooney, Terry Jones and more.
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