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The 2013 NHL season is heating up with some teams surging while others falter. Check out the standings here.



The NHL Players Association announced that its players have voted to ratify the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NHL. The deadline to ratify was today at 8:00 a.m. ET, and all votes were cast electronically by secret ballot.

Next, to finalize the CBA both sides must sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which is an abridged version of the CBA that spells out the terms under which the League and its players will operate. Once the MOU is signed by both the Players Association and the NHL, the league will officially announce the date on which the 2012-13 season will begin.

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Brian Burke has been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The gruff, no nonsense manager said he was as shocked as everyone else in the hockey world when he was told. The Leafs replaced Burke with Dave Nonis, the same man who succeeded him as GM of the Vancouver Canucks back in 2004 when the Canucks fired Burke.

At a press conference, Burke fielded questions in his own, inimitable style. See what Burke had to say here.

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The Anaheim Ducks announced that a familiar face will be joining the coaching staff now that the start of the 2012-13 season is drawing near. Former Ducks captain and veteran defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who retired as a player in 2010 but returned to work as an operations consultant with the team’s Player Development program, has accepted a position as assistant coach to the team’s head coach Bruce Boudreau. Niedermayer joins returning assistant coaches Bob Woods and Brad Lauer.

Although he will only travel with the team sporadically, Niedermayer will attend most practices and home games. However, rather than join the rest of the coaching staff behind the bench, he will instead watch from above the rink and offer his suggestions based on observations from that vantage point.

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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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