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Dan Hamhuis on latest proposal: “I don’t think it changed too much”

While Zach Parise provided passionate and critical comments about Gary Bettman/the owners, two Vancouver Canucks players provided interesting responses of their own.

Here are Dan Hamhuis’ thoughts, via Ben Kuzma.

“Gary [Bettman] made it [proposal] sound like significant and meaningful steps. I don’t think it changed too much,” Hamhuis said. “When you look behind the numbers, it really doesn’t change a lot. You can say 50-50 [split], but 50-50 of what is the question?”

Manny Malhotra would also like someone to shed light on that question.

Malhotra provides an honest appraisal of the situation as it is, though.

“As much as we talk about [revenue] percentages and definitions, there’s a big picture that needs to be settled — not one number,” Malhotra said.  “The positive is that the lines of communication are still open, but whether we call the proposal meaningful is another thing.”

Word is that the NHLPA hopes to provide its counter-point by Friday.


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Bettman calls proposal “significant, meaningful”

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Sides debate escrow

Bettman says he wants to make a deal

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.

Diaz could leave Rangers for Europe

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Could Raphael Diaz be on his way back to Switzerland?

We’ll know in a month.

Diaz, who lost out on the Rangers’ final blueline spot in training camp, has reported to the club’s AHL affiliate in Hartford but doesn’t seem pleased with his current situation, per the Post:

The 29-year-old Diaz, who cleared waivers last Saturday after the Blueshirts opted to keep rookie Dylan McIlrath as the club’s seventh on the blue line, is interested in the European option if he is not in the NHL.

The Blueshirts have told Diaz they will revisit the situation at the end of October, but have not promised to release him or assign him to a European team at that point.

If Diaz, a Swiss native who represented Switzerland in the 2014 Olympics, does play in Europe during the season, he would have to go through waivers in order to return to the NHL.

Diaz’s agent, Ritch Winter, told the Post that Diaz signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Rangers “to play with the Rangers.”

And it’s understandable if Diaz — a journeyman offensive defenseman — isn’t happy with this situation.

While some believe McIlrath earned his roster spot on merit, some think it’s because of his contract status. McIlrath, who’s only 23 and a former first-round pick, would’ve needed to clear waivers to go back to Hartford, and it’s believed he would’ve been claimed by another club.