Are negotiations on this collective bargaining agreement going better or worse than they went in 2004?

Jonathan Willis
July 08 2012 09:50AM

The collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA is slated to expire on September 15, 2012. The league and players’ association have until then to negotiate the details on a new agreement, or else the possibility exists that the 2012-13 season will not begin on time. How are things looking so far?

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WANYE GOES TO NERD CAMP

Wanye
July 07 2012 07:12PM

Last Sunday we boarded an "aeroplane" and headed off to nerd summer camp in San Francisco. And because we basically use the Nations as a diary and because Kent hasn't figured out how to override our author clearance on the site you are about to hear all about it.

Come on it's summertime - you gotta read about something right? Right.

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Sergei Shirokov Fondly Recalls his North American Hockey Experience and "Crazy" Canucks Fans

Andrey Osadchenko
July 07 2012 03:34PM

This is a translated version of an interview Sergie Shirokov originally gave to Vyacheslav Sambur in early June. Sergei Shirokov spent two seasons in the Canucks organization, and while he was an AHL All-Star, he never cracked the club's NHL roster full-time.

While he didn't make much of an mpact at the NHL level, he's an interesting guy and a good quote. Here he talks about playing in the AHL, why it's tough for AHL scorers to crack the big leagues, the influence of Mike Keane, and his experiences during the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot.

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Explaining Jokinen's Terrible Last Quarter

Kent Wilson
July 04 2012 12:18PM

 

 

A day or two after Olli Jokinen signed with the Winnipeg Jets, I saw a lot of chatter about this last 15-games or so amongst fans and pundits on twitter. The big Fin had something of a comeback season last year, scoring 61-points (second on the team) but there's no question he had a dreadful final quarter - starting March 13, he managed just three points in the last 13 games and was a cumulative -14.

That being the Flames "stretch drive" for the playoffs, there was a lot of speculation about Jokinen's health and character to explain his horrible downturn in results. The truth is, however, one doesn't need to turn to health or character issues to sort things out - Jokinen merely hit a dry patch.

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Olli Jokinen Joins the Jets

Robert Cleave
July 02 2012 09:44PM

               

 

Well, where to begin? For those of you familiar with my time at Flames Nation, you'll know that I've spent the last several years, uh, enjoying, witnessing, tolerating, sufffering through, Olli Jokinen's handiwork as a member of the Calgary Flames. With that in mind, tonight's news that he's joining the team I actually pay money to watch leaves me somewhat ambivalent. 

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