Tag: Donald Fehr

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Report: Realignment being discussed once again


Now that the NHL and NHLPA have put the labor stuff behind them for the next 8-10 years, they’ve got a new project to tackle.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports the two sides are discussing realignment once again and this time they’re going to make sure everyone’s on the same page. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells Brooks they are working on a realignment plan for next season but nothing has been approved or finalized by the Board of Governors.

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr hopes the union’s fears over extended travel for some teams as well as competitive balance worries can be allayed by being kept abreast of what the NHL wants to do.

“We expect to talk with the league on the subject this week,” Fehr said. “A year ago, when we raised the issue of increased travel for teams, the league did not have mock schedules for us to review that might have alleviated our concern.”

After going through a labor war, getting realignment figured out should be a relative walk in the park. If the league wants to stick to their “four conferences” plan and a return to divisional playoffs, however, the competitive balance issue will be tough to wrangle with 30 teams. It wouldn’t be a shock to see expansion discussed to alleviate that issue.

PHT Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby provides a charity surprise

Sidney Crosby

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Leave it to Sidney Crosby to provide a little bit more juice to a charity game in his hometown of Cole Harbour. (The Chronicle Herald)

Curious: Ken Campbell says Donald Fehr is negotiating against himself and losing. (The Hockey News)

Former NHLer Louie DeBrusk says playing a short season will make for a tough transition. (Sportsnet)

At the very least, former Canadiens coach Jacques Demers believes in the Habs. (Montreal Gazette)

Today marks Day 105 of the NHL lockout. 19 players in NHL history have scored 105 points in a season. The last to do it? Dany Heatley with the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07.

Report: NHL and players to talk Saturday, meet on Sunday

Gary Bettman

After today’s breaking news about the NHL making a new offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout, the next question to follow was: When will they meet?

Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press reports the two sides will have a conference call tomorrow and aim to meet in New York City on Sunday in an effort to negotiate a new CBA.

The NHLPA held an internal conference call today to discuss the league’s latest offer and there’s clearly a lot to chew on with it. Getting the two sides back in the room to potentially put an end to this mess is the next step. Here’s to hoping things stay civil this time around.

PHT Morning Skate: Zenon Konopka is a farmer during the lockout

Zenon Konopka

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

You may have known Zenon Konopka makes his own wine. But becoming a full-blown farmer during the lockout? You know it. (Ottawa Sun)

Rob Rossi from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wonders aloud if Donald Fehr has a trick up his sleeve yet to deal in negotiations. (Chipped Ice)

Greg Jamison offering green cards to foreigners to invest in the Phoenix Coyotes? Don’t tell Sheriff Joe Arpaio about this. (Globe And Mail)

In more pertinent Coyotes news, the City of Glendale signed the new lease with the team. So long, $300 million. (Phoenix Business Journal)

Mirtle crunched some numbers on what revenues might be like in a shortened season. Losing anywhere from $800 million to $1 billion sounds real good. (Globe And Mail)

You think the NHL would try to do a 28-game season? Tyler Dellow makes a case for it. (mc79hockey)

It’s Day 104 of the NHL lockout. 12 players in NHL history have scored 104 points in a season. Last to do it? Daniel Sedin in 2010-11.

Report: Talks to re-open on Wednesday or Thursday

Gary Bettman; Bill Daly; Bob Betterman

Fans, owners, and players alike all got nothing but bad news ahead of Christmas. With games canceled up through January 14 and the NHLPA voting overwhelmingly to disclaim interest if need be, that’s a lot of doomsday talk. Business may be about to pick up, however.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports today the two sides are aiming to get back together to talk just after the holiday. In his weekly column he says the two sides are looking at either Wednesday or Thursday to reconvene talks.

Brooks, for all his pro-union leanings, suggests that one thing the players could do to spark negotiations is to give in on the owners’ desire for a 10-year CBA with an out after eight. That seems like a logical bargaining chip to work with, but asking for logic now is like asking for a Porsche for Christmas.