Brooks Laich

Laich to owners: Honor the contracts you signed


Brooks Laich is aware of the, in his own words, “massive, massive ripple effect” that a lockout has on more than just the players. He also said he’d feel bad if the lockout “cost one kid a chance to see an NHL hockey game or to meet one of the players or get an autograph or a picture.”

All the same, he still believes in what the NHLPA is fighting for so passionately that he’s prepared to miss the entire 2012-13 campaign, according to CSNWashington.

“One, [NHL owners] want to roll back our contracts, which I don’t care what business you’re in, is going to kick a fire under a lot of people,” Laich said. “And the second part of it, which maybe goes overlooked a little bit because of the financial aspect, is that every contract ends with a handshake — every single contract. Where I come from you honor your handshakes. If you don’t honor your word you have nothing.”

Laich said that if he signed a bad contract then he would accept responsibility and “work through that.”

“I was raised when you give a man your word and you shake a hand it’s as good as gold,” Laich said. “That’s something that I think really upsets the players, that we’re not being treated that way.”

The current CBA is set to expire today. If the two sides aren’t able to come to terms before midnight, then the lockout will have begun.


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Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever

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Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…