Powerful NHL agent Allan Walsh is among the league’s most outspoken player representatives. He made some bold statements about concussions a few months ago and is now providing some interesting thoughts on the CBA talks. Most specifically, Walsh took to Twitter to express his belief that the league needs to adopt a “revenue sharing/luxury tax system.”
Here are some of the highlights from his multiple comments.
“The solution is revenue sharing/luxury tax system to ensure financial health for all franchises,” Walsh wrote. “NHL big market owners are OK paying players big money contracts as long as they don’t have to share their revenue with small market clubs. That’s why the only option for Bettman is to keep coming after the players again and again. There will be no end to this.”
The NBA has a luxury tax system that – in the simplest terms – charges richer teams who exceed the “soft” cap and distributes the “tax” evenly among the teams that avoid the tax. The NHL currently has a “hard” cap, with the most meaningful guidelines being the ceiling (for “big market” teams) and floor (typically for “small market” teams). We’ll see if the NHLPA brings up revenue sharing whenever they decide to provide their counter-proposal.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.