Don't kid yourself, the owners aren't losing the PR battle

Graphic Comments
August 21 2012 08:33PM

 Bargaining positions

Sure, if you took a poll I'm sure most fans and certainly the media would be on players' side this time around. After all, didn't the owners impose this CBA? And aren't the players offering to make changes that would help the small market teams?

And BOOM! that's where they got you.

As long as the conversation remains framed on finding solutions to help the small market teams survive and even prosper, the owners are winning the PR battle. Controlling the terms of debate is much more important than the actual substance of the debate.

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Laurence Gilman and the Ark of the Covenant

Thomas Drance
August 21 2012 03:46PM

 

On Tuesday afternoon Canucks Assistant General Manager and "master negotiator" Laurence Gilman co-hosted the mid-day show on the Team 1040, alongside Matt Sekeres (listen to the first hour of the podcast here). Gilman and Sekeres talked about the difficulty of making trades when you're up against the salary cap, they spoke about Shane Doan, and which Canucks uniforms are the most attractive (the flying V? Are you kidding me?). 

More revealingly, Gilman gave us some insight into the way the Canucks recruit players, and how they negotiate extensions with their own players. Considering the undeniable quality of the management team's contract work over the past four years, I think some of his comments are worth examining in further detail.

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Prospect Profile: #9 Alexandre Mallet

Jeff Angus
August 21 2012 10:20AM

The Canucks surprised many at the 2012 NHL Draft with their second round selection (including the guy they selected). Typically players who have been passed over in previous drafts do not go in the first couple of rounds, but that is exactly what happened to rugged center Alexandre Mallet.

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Nation Radio - August 18, 2012

NationRadio
August 21 2012 07:11AM

 

As the billionaires ready themselves to lock-out the millionaires over a few percentage points of total revenues, we here at Nation Radio nevertheless resolutely march on with continued hockey coverage. It may be mid-August and we may be talking about the same stuff in November because the powers-that-be are having their white collar slap fight, but what the hell...it's why we're all here right?

This week, Allan invited some tried and true guests like Corey Pronman, Jonathan Willis and Corey Graham to talk about Oilers prospects, other high-end kids and summer tournaments.

This is Nation Radio.

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On Aquilini and the Abbotsford Heat

Thomas Drance
August 20 2012 03:42PM

Over the weekend, Greg Douglas of the Vancouver Sun dropped a report, which suggested that Canucks owner - real estate magnate Francesco Aquilini - is planning on taking a run at the financial and marketing catastrophe known as the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, and their primary tenant the Abbotsford Heat.

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