By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., March 22, 2019 Load management. There’s a couple of words I hope don’t join the lexicon of hockey. They’re de rigeur in the NBA where teams have sold its fanbase on the idea that stars shouldn’t play all the games – I’m looking at you Kawhi Leonard -- in the regular season in order be ready for the playoffs. Now, I get to games free thanks to my job. But I can’t imagine paying all that money for a couple of seats only to hear that a star player is going to take the night off because — why exactly? The season is too long. Here’s an idea: If the season is so long top players can only play 80 per cent of the game, then cut the season by 20 per cent. No one will miss those games. (Except of course the owners.) By the way, remember how upset people got when the Leafs dressed mostly Marlies and Growlers for an exhibition game this year? Article Continued Below I'm … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Hoping ‘load managment’ doesn’t take hold in NHL
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The house needed some touch-ups. For the sake of aesthetics, sure, but for something else, too. Something new. “A healthy start,” says Ally Brickley. So the Brickley family got to painting inside their Salt Lake City home. They put down new carpet. They needed another positive jolt. During all this, Matt Brickley ended up rummaging around in his desk drawer one day. What he came across was one of several auspices in this unbelievable story filled with them. It was a rookie card, 13 years old. There was a signed message on the back. It wasn’t to Matt or Ally. It was to their son, Daniel. A young promising hockey player from Utah wrote a message to a then 10-year-old. It was six words long. “Meet me in the NHL, Daniel.” Future L.A. Kings star Trevor Lewis wrote a message so long ago that when Ally Brickley brings it up today, she can’t help but chuckle. Lewis' signed card somehow ended up in Matt Brickley’s desk, where within … [Read more...] about For likely the last time, two hockey buddies will sit in the stands as their sons play in an NHL game. And it’s happening in Utah.
Josh Dubow, Ap Sports Writer Updated 4:42 pm CST, Friday, January 25, 2019 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the owners aren't "looking for a fight" when it comes to collective bargaining negotiations with the players. The current CBA runs until 2022, but the league and players each have the option this September to terminate it effective Sept. 15, 2020. Bettman indicated Friday at a news conference at All-Star weekend that the owners are mostly satisfied with the last two negotiations that instituted a salary cap and then provided an even split of hockey-related revenues between players and owners. NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider agreed that the tenor of discussions has improved in a sport that has had one strike and three lockouts since 1992, but that players want to recoup some of the losses they suffered in the last two negotiations. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and … [Read more...] about Bettman: NHL owners not ‘looking for a fight’ in CBA talks
Wilson and Oleksiak have history going back to last postseason by Pete Blackburn @PeteBlackburn 2m ago • 1 min read If you were waiting for Tom Wilson to spice up Wednesday's rivalry matchup between the Capitals and Penguins, you certainly didn't have to wait long. In his first game against Pittsburgh since throwing an illegal hit that broke the jaw of Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese last postseason, Wilson's presence was felt almost immediately. Shortly after coming off the bench for his first shift in the opening period, Wilson skated right over to Pens' defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and dropped the gloves for a fight. Oleksiak is one of the NHL's most towering players at 6-foot-7, 250 lbs. but it was Wilson -- one of the NHL's roughest and most controversial players -- who came away with a quick victory in the first period tilt. It didn't end well for Oleksiak, who was shaken up after being dropped with a strong right hand to the … [Read more...] about Tom Wilson knocks out Jamie Oleksiak with brutal punch in first game back against Penguins
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 So how’s this for a statement? “Hockey without fighting does not make any sense.” Got me thinking. The speaker of those words, no doubt fuelled a little bit by a martini or two, was a good friend of mine, about as progressive/liberal a thinker we have at the Toronto Star. And he’s daring me to out him. It’s Vinay Menon – and you all now have to petition him on Twitter to write the “Why I miss fighting in hockey” column. You can tweet him at @vinaymenon but I’m not sure he’ll see it. He hasn’t tweeted since the Obama administration. Probably a mental health thing. Might do me a world of good, too. Menon used to do his own Leafs blog. Here’s a great Leafs piece he wrote on Brian Burke, way back when. Article Continued Below He laid down the gauntlet, saying he knew everything about hockey fights. Growing up, he kept a diary of the … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Do you miss fighting in hockey?