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Daly: NHL released proposal to “counter selective leaks and mischaracterizations”

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On Wednesday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly explained why the league decided to publicly release its full CBA proposal to the players’ union.

In short? It was a counter move.

“Releasing the precise terms of an offer to the work force is commonly done and is perfectly legal, as long as there is no attempt to undermine Union leadership, which there wasn’t in this case,” Daly said in an email to the National Post.

“Releasing the terms of our proposal was not what we had originally intended.  It was done only responsively to counter selective leaks and mischaracterizations about the terms and details of the proposal.”

At first, the NHL refrained from releasing offer specifics. Gary Bettman did reveal the 50/50 revenue split (and state there would be no salary rollback) in Tuesday’s post-meeting presser, but didn’t offer any other finite details.

The transcript:

Q: How long of a contract will this be?

BETTMAN: I’m not going to get into the specifics. We proposed a long-term contract. We think that’s in everybody’s interest. We think that’s what our fans want.

Q: Can you explain how you address the roll back or the escrow?

BETTMAN: There is no roll back, and I’m not going to get into the specifics. It would not be constructive at this point in time. The union has some work to do, and we respect the process I probably have gone further than I usually have in terms of discussing what we’ve proposed than at any other time.  But I’m not comfortable going any further.

A day later — after Twitter was inundated with offer specifics — Bettman got comfortable going further.

The NHL’s about-face on releasing details has received polarized responses. One camp feels this open-book, all-transparent policy is the way to go (it was Fehr, after all, who said he’d be willing to do the bargaining on television.)

The other camp feels the move undermines the negotiating process and is public relations spin.

The only certainty? The pressure’s been shifted back onto the players’ union.

Regardless of what the public thinks of the NHL’s maneuvering, two facts remain — one, the league made the first significant proposal since Sept. 12.

Two, everybody now knows what that proposal entails.

Video: Penguins coach takes issue with late, high Orpik hit on Maatta

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have spoken out against a late, high hit that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik threw on Olli Maatta early in the first period of an eventful Game 2 on Saturday.

Maatta left and didn’t return. He played only 31 seconds, and the Penguins were reduced to five defensemen for a large portion of the game. Orpik was given a minor penalty on the play, but the league’s Department of Player Safety may see it differently.

The hit occurred well after Maatta had gotten rid of the puck. He struggled on his way to the dressing room for further evaluation.

Based on multiple reports, Orpik wasn’t made available to the media following the game, which went to the Penguins as they earned the split on the road.

But the Penguins have taken issue with the hit.

“I thought it was a late hit,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, as per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I thought it was a target to his head. I think it’s the type of hit everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.”

Game on: Penguins even series with rival Capitals

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will head back home with a split of their second-round series with the rival Washington Capitals.

Former Capitals forward Eric Fehr came back to burn his hold team, as he scored with under five minutes remaining in regulation to help lift the Penguins over Washington with a 2-1 victory in an eventful Game 2 on Saturday. Evgeni Malkin threw the puck toward the net and Fehr was able to re-direct it by Braden Holtby.

Oh, this was an eventful game, indeed.

It started early in the first period with Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik catching Penguins blue liner Olli Maatta with a late and high hit that warranted — at least for now — only a minor penalty for interference. Maatta, clearly in distress following the hit, didn’t play another shift and saw only 31 seconds of ice time in total, as Pittsburgh was reduced to five defensemen for the remainder of the game.

It continued in the third period. Kris Letang was furious after getting called for a trip on Justin Williams, and even more ticked off when the Capitals tied the game on the ensuing power play.

For two periods, the Capitals couldn’t get much going. Only four of their players had registered a shot on goal through 40 minutes, while the Penguins held the edge in that department and held the lead.

Washington came out with more jump in the third period, testing rookie netminder Matt Murray with 14 shots in the final 20 minutes. But the Penguins got the late goal to break the deadlock.

Video: Penguins’ Letang was furious after Capitals tie up Game 2 with power play goal

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Kris Letang watched from the penalty box as the Washington Capitals tied up Game 2 with a power play goal in the third period. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman was called for tripping after he appeared to muscle Justin Williams off the puck as he entered the zone.

Letang let his disagreement with the call be known at the time, and was furious after the Capitals capitalized on a goal from Marcus Johansson.

The Capitals started the period down a goal and being outshot 28-10 by the Penguins, who need a win to even the series.

Also, it seems this is worth mentioning:

Video: Hagelin goes top shelf to give Penguins the lead in Game 2

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In their quest to even the series, the Pittsburgh Penguins had done a nice job through two periods of suffocating the Washington Capitals, while gaining the lead on a beautiful goal.

Carl Hagelin took advantage of a vast amount of space that opened up in front of the Washington net, finishing off a nice pass from Nick Bonino, burying his shot just under the cross bar on the glove side of Braden Holtby.

Through two periods, the Penguins were outshooting Washington 28-10. Only four Capitals players — Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanen — had registered shots on goal.