Best of the Nation: 12.23.12

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2012 08:48AM

Lockout talks, an Evander Kane trade, a plan to rebuild the Calgary Flames, World Junior primers and a host of other topics were covered at the Nation Network this weeks - read past the jump to see more.

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KHL: Minsk vs. Severstal, Omsk vs. Riga

Steve Dangle
December 22 2012 06:17PM


I gotta go to a game in Minsk...

Anyway - HOCKEY!


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Permanent Decertification is Certifiable

Graphic Comments
December 21 2012 10:10PM

Decertification is certifiable

The momentum is growing. Every day the calls to decertify or otherwise disband the NHLPA are growing. And I don't mean from NHL players.

No, hockey fans and media alike are now so fed up with what passes for collective bargaining in the NHL that they want to blow up the entire system. We're not talking just decertifying for the purposes of forcing the NHL to actually make a deal under threat of anti-trust lawsuits, i.e. what the NHL is alleging and what the NHLPA surely intends to do.

No, there are now calls to permanently abolish the NHLPA and in so doing completely free up all restrictions to player movement, including the NHL draft.

Personally, I'm not so sure this is a great idea...

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KHL: Malkin's Gordie Howe Hat-Trick

Steve Dangle
December 21 2012 06:31PM


Malkin drops the gloves and scores some goals, Ovechkin looking better and better, and if the NHL ever comes back, you better watch out for St. Louis Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko.


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Panic Trading Evander Kane Would Be Hilariously Asinine

Dimitri Filipovic
December 21 2012 10:25AM

Evander Kane is holding a lot of money. But he's also quite money, himself.

On Wednesday morning, Evander Kane took a picture of himself holding what Chemmy from Pension Plan Puppets deduced to be $225,800. For some reason, this incident caused quite the outrage in both Winnipeg, and the Twittersphere. 

On Thursday morning, Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press wrote an article in which he adamantly declared that Evander Kane would be not playing out the full length of his recently signed 6-year contract in Winnipeg. Rather than responding to this instantly, I took some time to stop hysterically laughing, and compose myself, before I started banging away at my keyboard.  

If the Winnipeg Jets were to panic trade Evander Kane due to his perceived immaturity and shenanigans, I'm not sure if all the time in the world would be enough to get me to stop laughing, though. 

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