December 12 2012 05:08PM
Remember last week, when negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA collapsed? Don Fehr gave a press conference, saying the two sides were close, then came back and said that talks had broken off, and then Gary Bettman gave what was likely the angriest media availability of his NHL tenure, insisting that the owner’s offer of $300 million in “make whole” payments was now off the table.
The two sides met on Wednesday, and despite the rhetoric seem not to have moved much at all from their positions during the ‘owners/players only’ meetings.
December 12 2012 10:55AM
Eakins won't call Gardiner's injury a concussion but he is feeling symptoms inneck and some headaches. Club will "err on side of caution"— Kyle Cicerella (@KyleTheReporter) December 12, 2012
Eakins also said Gardiner will not play this Saturday, but that was already planned as part of player rotations #Marlies— Kyle Cicerella (@KyleTheReporter) December 12, 2012
This isn't too surprising. The Toronto Marlies have upgraded Jake Gardiner's status to "concussion-like symptoms" although the way this is progressing, I have to wonder why they're avoiding the term "concussion" altogether.
From what I understand, Jake Gardiner took a hit from Kevin Porter in Saturday's game against the Lake Erie Monsters, scored a goal on the ensuing powerplay, and then sat out the third period. After the game, Dallas Eakins said Gardiner "wasn't in a concussion state" and held him out of Sunday's game for "precautionary" reasons.
So, yes, this is a huge blow to Toronto, both Maple Leafs and Marlies. I can't find a video of the hit, so if anybody comes across one, please get it over to me somehow.
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