December 12 2012 10:29AM
If Brian Burke, a man who has never let himself get away with excessive spending, doesn't have a team that will be put into an advantageous position when the collective bargaining agreement is all settled, then what the heck is it we're doing here?
By now I think we know some of the particulars of the owners' demands. We know that they want caps on expensive contracts, and for the players to take the hit in the transition to 50-50. (The first question you need to ask here is 'why do they need to do this?') Burke's Leafs stand according to Capgeek at just over $64.3M committed in 2013.
The salary cap under the previous CBA was set at about $70.2M. The way it works is that a midpoint is calculated by totalling hockey-related revenues (or HRR) across all clubs, taking 57% (the players' share) and dividing that above the 30 teams to establish a midpoint. The salary cap was designed to be $8M above the midpoint, and the salary floor at $8M below.
December 12 2012 08:28AM
Because how much b-roll of Gary Bettman walking in and out of a building can you possibly watch?
December 11 2012 08:48AM
December 11 2012 06:52AM
Monday night, Joe Meloni of College Hockey News reported that four players have been removed from the roster of the Harvard Crimson, including Toronto Maple Leafs seventh rounder from 2011 Max Everson. This is likely due to a cheating scandal. There isn't any official word out of Harvard as to the exact nature of the infraction, but in the Harvard Crimson Monday morning, goaltender Raphael Girard was apparently quoted as saying "Some guys had to take a year absent. I won’t say any names, but like any other team, we might have some problems with the academic scandal."
So where will Everson end up? He's eligible for major junior as a 1993-born player, but it appears he'll spend a year with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL before returning to Harvard. Justin brought up that possibility last week, although noted that he found a single record of Everson's "defection".
December 10 2012 01:47PM
Today, the National Hockey League announced cancellations of games through December 30. Rather than re-hash all of that, I think it's fair to look at where the NHL knows that a real shortened season doesn't at all benefit the game. Gary Bettman said this last week:
Gary Bettman said last week NHL wants a minimum 48-game schedule for "integrity." A 28-gamer was on the table during talks Feb 2005.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 10, 2012
So, if we're to look at a 48-game schedule for the Toronto Maple Leafs, what could it look like? The crack team at The Leafs Nation put together a sample schedule: