Archive for September, 2012


While some NHL players are taking a “wait and see” approach during the continued Collective Bargaining (CBA) negotiations, others have decided to play abroad until an agreement is struck. Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has signed with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Likewise, Washington Capitals captain and fellow Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin has signed with the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow.

Other players heading to Europe are Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza who signed today with Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss Elite League while HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga signed forwards Jaromir Jagr of the Dallas Stars and Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens.

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Following the expiration of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement at midnight on Saturday, September 15, the league issued a statement to fans:

Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams…

This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.

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A decision has been rendered in the arbitration case of NHL defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. The trade of the blueliner by the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders was upheld. It was deemed that a no-trade clause was not in effect at the time of the trade. If there is no lockout of players, Visnovsky is expected to report to the Islanders’ training camp for the 2012-13 season.

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Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan is clarifying statements he made earlier this summer and now says he’s more than happy to be playing for the Ducks this season (if there IS one). He says that when he told a New Jersey reporter months ago that he wanted to be traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, he was just annoyed at the time by constantly being asked about a possible trade. He said that 10 mins. after the interview, he regretted making the comments and that when the story was picked up and circulated by the media, his agent told him to pack his bags and prepare to be traded. Ryan said he expected a call from Ducks GM Bob Murray but when one didn’t come, he was relieved.

From The Mez is sure the reason Murray didn’t make that call is only because he was preoccupied with a) his trial for alleged assault against a woman in the Detroit Red Wings organization, and b) the arbitration with Lubomir Visnovsky. Our guess is that Ryan may have finally realized he has a good thing with the Ducks. However, now that Murray has already heard Ryan’s feelings about the idea of being traded, things may never be the same as Ryan might have tarnished his image with the team. Fans can only hope that’s not the case.

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The murky details of the arbitration requested by former Anaheim Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky are becoming a bit clearer. What is at question is whether or not his no-trade clause was in effect at the time he was traded by the Los Angeles Kings to the Edmonton Oilers, and then to the Anaheim Ducks who have now dealt him to the New York Islanders.

Visnovsky made his case to an arbiter this week. If the arbiter rules in his favor, Visnovsky could remain a Duck for the final season of his contract. However, if the ruling goes against him, he would end up with the New York Islanders – the team to which Anaheim traded him in June. NHL fans await the ruling.

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