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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Update on the new Blog

The hockey area of the new blog now has an official link. Please feel free to bookmark it now.
I am currently doing some internal work on it and all hockey related posts from the last four days or so will be available in the next few hours.

Monday, July 18, 2005

blog- Update

The font size on the new blog has been increased. Please let me know if any of you are still having problems.
Also, the link to the hockey section has changed, so please be aware of that.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

blog- Pre-Opening

Saturday evenings and Sunday's are usually the slowest time of the week at Breaking Sports.
Therefore, I invite you to test out the new blog. It is not complete by any means, but it is in working order. Changes will be taking place in the next few days, so please note the site is still undergoing changes.
If you want to leave a comment on the new site, you will have to enter a user name; your email address is optional.
Also, if you want to comment about any problems or concerns with my new home, just leave a comment here or under any of the posts on the new blog. I have yet to set up an email address for the just released blog.
Cick here to go to the hockey section.

update 10:45am, Sunday, I have posted today's hockey related threads to the new blog. Again, I welcome your comments, both good and bad. As always, my intent is to satisfy the reader.

nhl- The league needs Crosby

from the Winnipeg Sun via Slam, The drooling over Sidney Crosby has officially begun.
The NHL is finally back, and most folks -- with the exception of the players themselves -- are happy about it.
It was quite evident early on that the big men with sticks would be taking a salary cut, and that's exactly what's going to happen, possibly along with some significant changes to the game.
The real fun part, however, begins next Thursday when the NHL holds a draft lottery for the rights to Crosby, who sounds like he'll be sticking around North America for the next couple decades or so.
What a way to kickstart the new NHL....continued...

nhl- Interest in the Pens

from the Tribune-Review, The announcement of a deal reached in principle between the NHL and the Players' Association has translated into phones ringing in the Penguins' ticket office the past two days.
Although they've been selling tickets for several weeks in anticipation of a settlement to the labor dispute that canceled the 2004-05 season, activity has picked up since Wednesday, according to team spokesman Tom McMillan....more...

nhl- CBA benefits small market Teams

from the Winnipeg Sun via Slam, Ron MacLean enjoys movies, but he can't wait to get back into Coach's Corner on Saturday night's.
MacLean is thrilled the NHL lockout appears to be over and ready for Hockey Night in Canada to return.
With the new collective bargaining agreement expected to be ratified next week, MacLean says there are going to be huge challenges for general managers in terms of putting teams together.
"For all the talk about how this is going to show what general managers are all about, their hands are also going to be tied," said MacLean, in town for the Canadian Track and Field Championships. "The trade deadline will be a whole different kettle of fish. Teams will be in a real jam when they have injuries at the deadline because of cap concerns. The game is going to change and players are now going to pick teams by what places they want to live."
MacLean reiterated the new economic order may one day bring the NHL back to Winnipeg, but cautioned that roadblocks remain....read on...

nhl- Operating under a Cap

from the Herald Tribune, "We've always operated under a cap in Tampa and it's called a budget," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said Friday from New York, where he spent the day in informational meetings about the new collective bargaining agreement. "Sometimes it's disheartening, but we've had plenty of success. Now, we won't have to worry about playing against the team that can spend freely to get whatever player they want."
Feaster made it clear that the Lightning will do everything in their power to bring back as many players as possible. The first concerns will be unrestricted free agents Nikolai Khabibulin and Dave Andreychuck along with expected restricted free agents Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Dan Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko.
"We're the defending Stanley Cup champions and for a reason," Feaster said. "We went to great lengths and effort to bring back almost everyone for last season and we're planning on doing the same thing again."...more...

blog- Live and Learn

I am so ready to start the new blog but have discovered a small problem that cannot be fixed until Monday.
Therefore, Breaking Sports continues. Sorry, but it will be worth the wait.

nhl- Big trouble for small Markets

from the Toronto Star, Upon further review, the new collective bargaining agreement is looking better for the likes of Tomas Kaberle, Jarome Iginla, Joe Thornton and Vincent Lecavalier and potentially disastrous for the small-market teams it was supposed to help.
A source close to the negotiations confirmed a published report yesterday stating that not only does the free agency age drop to 29 next summer, but players under that age who have eight years of NHL experience, will also qualify for unrestricted status. In the summer of 2007, players who are 28 or have seven seasons will qualify. In 2008 — and for the remainder of the agreement — players who are 27 or have seven seasons of experience will qualify.
Also, for purposes of player tenure, last year's aborted season will count as a season played for all NHL players.
All of which means next summer is shaping up to have the strongest free agent crop in the history of the game. Along with Iginla, Thornton, Lecavalier and Kaberle, other potential unrestricted free agents include Martin St-Louis, Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Jose Theodore and Ed Jovonovski.
Under the previous CBA, the Leafs wouldn't have had to deal with Kaberle as an unrestricted free agent until after the 2008-09 season. Because he will have been an NHLer for eight years once his contract expires next summer, Kaberle will now be unrestricted.
Liberalized free agency was one of the concessions the owners made in exchange for a salary cap, but critics suggest that this will do nothing to protect the small-market teams. What it does mean is that the effects of arbitration, one of the league's biggest concerns going into negotiations for a new CBA, will not drive salaries for players in their mid 20's because those dollars will now be driven by unrestricted free agency....more...

nhl- Pay cut for Bob

from the Toronto Star, At least one NHL player believes union head Bob Goodenow should face the same 24 per cent salary rollback negotiated into the new collective bargaining agreement.
"If we have to take a 24 per cent pay cut, why shouldn't he," one Detroit Red Wings player said yesterday.
Several players contacted yesterday wavered on the question, or did not wish to get involved all together.
But Goodenow's salary — a reported $2.5 million (all figures U.S.) a year and one of the richest among union heads in North America — is expected to be a topic of discussion next Wednesday when NHL players descend on Toronto to vote on the new labour deal struck with the owners.
In fact, the players may even put the question to Goodenow directly: if it's good for the players, why shouldn't it be good for you?...continued...

nhl- Silence Please

from Bruce Garrioch and the Ottawa Sun, Bob Goodenow has issued a stern warning to NHL players and agents in the wake of the new collective bargaining agreement: Keep your mouths shut.
After summoning both groups to Toronto for meetings next week to outline the contents of the CBA, the NHL Players' Association boss asked players and agents not to make any comments until they've seen the agreement.
While Goodenow admitted to the players and agents that some portions of the CBA leaked to the media have been correct, he also maintained there is misinformation making the rounds and asked them to be careful.
And the word is Goodenow might not even be in New York next week to shake hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at the announcement to make the agreement formal because the meeting with agents continues Friday in Toronto.
"Goodenow just warned that we might want to be careful about what we say because nobody has seen the whole CBA yet and not everything that is being reported is correct," a league source said yesterday.
"I guess he knows a lot of guys are upset with this deal, but he believes they need to see the whole thing before they make any comments on it. I don't find this kind of warning a big surprise ... You have to expect it."...more...

nhl- Holding an Advantage

from Al Strachan and the Toronto Sun, The biggest advantage falls to the truly wealthy teams -- the likes of Toronto, Philadelphia, New York Rangers, Detroit and so on.
Right now, for nothing more than the outlay of some cash, they can trim all the dead wood, bring in the top-line free agents and create a much better team than anything their less wealthy counterparts can put together.
And then, with that nice head start, they can make their charge down the level playing field....read on...

nhl- Jagr gets it All

via the NY Daily News, When Glen Sather gets his CBA tutorial Monday, he'll happily learn that the hard cap includes a soft spot for the Rangers and their star winger Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr is the only player in the NHL whose salary for the upcoming season - reduced by the collectively bargained 24% rollback - exceeds the $7.8 million individual player cap. But the Daily News has learned that a grandfather clause on existing contracts ensures that he'll get the entire $8.36 million he's due.
And that, for the purpose of calculating their room under the $39 million team cap, the Rangers only will be charged the amount they pay him - approximately $4.4 million.
The Washington Capitals agreed to pay $4 million of Jagr's annual salary as part of the January 2004 trade that sent him to New York. But that $4 million won't be charged against the Caps' cap. However, it will be included in the league-wide calculation of total player costs, which is capped at 54% of league revenues and reimbursable to owners via a periodic escrowing.
Further, the grandfather clause ensures that all of the NHL's other top-salary players will get all the money they've contracted for - less the 24% rollback - in any season in which a league revenue dip lowers the individual player cap below their salary number. A feature of the new CBA limits individual player salaries to 20% of any year's team cap.