NHL looking to NBA, NFL and MLB for CBA guidance


Noteworthy tweet from TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reports that the NHL Board of Governors is discussing the recently negotiated CBAs of the NBA, NFL and MLB in today’s meetings in Pebble Beach.

We wondered a few weeks ago if the NHL might look to the NBA for CBA ideas. Specifically, we wondered about the so-called “amnesty clause,” which allows each team to rid itself of one bad contract. The team is still responsible for paying the player’s salary, but the cap hit is gone.

That would be a minor detail though. There are bigger things to take from the NBA’s deal.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun predicted last week that, like the NBA managed to do, “the NHL will try to reduce the players’ share from the current 57 percent to below 50 percent. That’s the most direct and impactful way of minimizing player costs in the next CBA. The NBA deal’s limit on term for contracts will also interest NHL owners.”

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: