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Steve Nash’s agent: NHLPA should have decertified “three months ago”


Should the NHLPA decertify? Ryan Miller thinks they should and he’s not alone.

Decertifying comes with a lot of risks and it would send this lockout in a more uncertain and potentially messy direction — and given the current state of affairs in the NHL, that says a lot.

Still, some see the potential benefits for the players.

“The NHLPA has become nothing more than a vehicle [for the owners] to take revenue share and contract rights away from players,” said player agent Allan Walsh of Octogon Hockey in a Sportsnet report.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly argued that it’s a “time consuming process that would likely lead to the end of the season.”

At the same time, the NBA players’ threat to decertify might have been what led to the resolution to that lockout. Steve Nash’s agent, Bill Duffy thinks it could help the NHL players too.

“They should decertify, absolutely,” said Duffy. “They should have done it three months ago.”


What would decertification mean to the NHL?

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.