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Chris Campoli

NHLPA committee’s Campoli on owners: “They just want more money”


If Chris Campoli’s words are any indication, NHL players aren’t just disappointed with the owners’ response to their CBA proposal.

They’re frustrated, too.

“The industry’s grown a billion dollars since [the lockout] and basically they just want more money,” said Campoli, a member of the NHLPA’s negotiating committee. “I thought in our proposal we made a step and considerable concessions to them.

“Frankly, it was a little disappointing to see the response yesterday and the view they have on it.”

More, from the Globe and Mail:

Campoli was one of three NHL players who took part in Thursday’s sub-committee meetings, which covered secondary issues not related to the economic ones that have divided the sides.

An unrestricted free agent who spent last season in Montreal, Campoli has emerged as one of the strongest voices among the players.

The veteran defenceman has attended six bargaining sessions this summer and was hopeful that Tuesday’s NHLPA proposal might kickstart negotiations.

Campoli went on to describe the owners’ initial proposal as “aggressive” and said the players could’ve chosen to reply in kind — but didn’t.

“We could have taken an aggressive stance the other way and we didn’t,” he said. “You know, we want to fix the systematic issues they have with the way things are run and I think we’re being more than fair.”


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Crosby, Ovechkin on hand for NHLPA presentation

NHLPA Meeting

The stars are out for one of the biggest meetings of the summer.

That’s the word from Toronto on Tuesday as the NHL and NHLPA met to discuss the PA’s first proposal in the latest round of CBA negotiations.

According to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press, 23 players attended the meeting, during which NHLPA Donald Fehr said his side would “put forth an alternative view as to what we should do next,” with regards to a labor agreement.

If the attendees were any indication, the NHLPA wanted star power present.

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steve Stamkos, Jason Spezza, John Tavares, P.K. Subban and Mike Cammalleri were just a few of the big names on hand.

Others attendees included Craig Adams, Josh Bailey, Tim Brent, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Steve Downie, Rick DiPietro, Sam Gagner, Steve Montador, Chris Phillips, Kyle Quincey, James Reimer, Matt Stajan, Mike Weaver, Daniel Winnik and Wojtek Wolski.

The NHLPA has tweeted that over 200 players have reviewed the proposal over the last 48 hours.

We’ll have more throughout the day as meetings continue and details come forth.

(Image courtesy NHLPA)

In wake of Meszaros injury, Flyers defense might turn to kiddie corps

Paul Holmgren

In a conference call following news of Andrej Meszaros’ torn Achilles tendon, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren wouldn’t say if he’d explore the trade or free agent route to find a replacement blueliner.

He did say the club would look from within — and possibly rely on its youth.

“We’ve got a lot of young kids that we like,” Holmgren said. “Marc-Andre Bourdon played a lot of games for us last year. Erik Gustafsson played a fair amount. Brandon Manning got his feet wet, so we do have some kids that we like.”

Bourdon, 22, appeared in 45 games in his first NHL season, scoring 4G-3A-7PTS while averaging over 16 minutes a night. He only appeared in one of Philly’s playoff games, though.

Gustafsson, 23, was less of a factor in the regular season (30GP: 1G-4A-5PTS) but made his mark in the postseason, scoring two points in seven contests while averaging over 17 minutes of ice time.

Manning, 22, played in four games for Philly last year, spending almost all his time in AHL Adirondack.

Holmgren was further pressed on questions about trades and free agency, but wouldn’t bite.

Instead, here’s CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio on possible acquisitions:

Now the question becomes, will the Flyers go the free agent route or try to pull off a trade for a major upgrade, such as targeting Dan Boyle in San Jose.

Still left on the free agent market are Michal Rozsival, who would be an expensive upgrade, but so would a trade for Boyle, who is not a free agent.

Other free agents are Carlo Colaiacovo, Chris Campoli and Jaroslav Spacek.

Of note, the Flyers could have nearly $9 million in cap space freed up if both Meszaros and Chris Pronger open the season on long term injured reserve.

Offseason Report: Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens

From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

31-35-16, 78 points. Fifth place in the Northeast Division, 15th in the Eastern Conference.


Brandon Prust, Colby Armstrong


Brad Staubitz, Chris Campoli (pending — still unsigned)

2012 Draft

1st round, 3rd overall — Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia (OHL)

Looking back

The biggest changes happened off the ice rather than on it. Montreal has a new GM (Marc Bergevin) to go along with a new head coach (Michel Therrien), new assistants (Gerard Gallant, JJ Daigneault, Clement Jodoin) and new faces in the front office (Rick Dudley, Scott Mellanby, Martin Lapointe and Patrice Brisebois.)

On the ice, the Habs will return almost all of last year’s team — with some added toughness. Prust and Armstrong should bring an edge to a team often accused of playing soft a season ago.

Montreal will also be buoyed by the return to health of captain Brian Gionta, who missed 51 games last year.

Looking ahead

The offseason plan suggests Montreal’s disastrous season wasn’t about the players as it was coaches and management, giving last year’s group another “bite at the apple,” so to speak. Even though that squad finished dead last in the East, there are some compelling pieces:

— Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty scored 35 and 33 goals respectively (Montreal was one of just seven teams with two 30-goal scorers last year.)

— The defense could legitimately go eight deep with Andrei Markov, Tomas Kaberle, Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin, Francis Bouillon, Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber and the still-to-be-signed P.K. Subban.

— Carey Price was the team’s lone All-Star from a year ago and recently signed a six-year, $39 million extension.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of Montreal’s 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

NHLPA announces 31-player negotiating committee

Donald Fehr

In advance of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL Players’ Association has named its Negotiating Committee, a 31-player panel representing a cross-section of all union members.

The players are as follows:

Craig Adams (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix Coyotes)
Alex Auld (Ottawa Senators)
David Backes (St. Louis Blues)
Marty Biron (New York Rangers)
Brad Boyes (Buffalo Sabres)
Chris Campoli (Montreal Canadiens)
B.J. Crombeen (St. Louis Blues)
Mathieu Darche (Montreal Canadiens)
Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders)
Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)
Ruslan Fedotenko (New York Rangers)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas Stars)
Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg Jets)
Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers)
Jamie Langenbrunner (St. Louis Blues)
Manny Malhotra (Vancouver Canucks)
Steve Montador (Chicago Blackhawks)
Dominic Moore (San Jose Sharks)
Brendan Morrison (Chicago Blackhawks)
Douglas Murray (San Jose Sharks)
George Parros (Anaheim Ducks)
Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators)
Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles Kings)
Dan Winnik (San Jose Sharks)
James Wisniewski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)

Note: more players may be added to the negotiating committee at a later date.

“It’s great to see that so many Players have chosen to participate in bargaining and get involved in the important work ahead for their Association,” NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said in a statement. “I’m certain this group of Players and all Players who will be attending bargaining sessions will do a great job.”


— Nineteen of the league’s 30 teams are represented on the panel. Teams without a representative are Boston, New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Calgary, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, Toronto and Edmonton.

— At 21, Tavares is the youngest player on the committee.

— At 38, Aucoin is the oldest.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail points out that Aucoin, Auld, Biron, Boyes, Campoli, Doan, Fedotenko, Langenbrunner, Moore, Morrison, Parros and Winnik are all pending UFAs.

— Fedotenko (Ukraine), Zetterberg and Murray (Sweden) are the only non-North Americans on the committee.

— Brainiacs: Parros and Westgarth went to Princeton, Moore and Adams went to Harvard, Murray went to Cornell and Darche won the Dr. Randy Gregg Award at McGill.