Posts Tagged ‘NHLPA’

Why We Should Boycott Hockey (But Won’t)

January 7th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Why We Should Boycott Hockey (But Won’t) | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

Welcome back!

By Amy McGinnis

Yesterday, the NHL and NHLPA came to a ten-year collective bargaining agreement, ending the 113-day lockout.  If the two groups had not reached an agreement by this Friday, the 2012-2013 season would have been cancelled.

In the past, players received 57% of all hockey-related revenue; in the new deal, they will split the earnings 50/50 with the NHL.  There will now be a seven  year limit for players’ contracts (eight years if a player is resigning with his team).  The NHL has also insisted upon a variance limit from year to year.  They originally proposed a 5% variance limit; they settled with the NHLPA on a 35% limit.  The average player’s salary is currently $2.4 million per year, and the salary cap for this season will remain at $70.2 million.  Next season, however, the salary cap will decrease to $64.3 million.

Upon hearing the news, center Zac Rinaldo exclaimed, “It’s about time!”  I’m pretty sure that his sentiment was shared by many in Philadelphia.  What’s more interesting to me, though, is the statement given by Peter Luukko, Flyers’ president.  “The Philadelphia Flyers are extremely grateful to our loyal and dedicated fans who have shown tremendous patience and support during this process.  We will refrain from making any additional comments at this time.”  It seems that Luukko omitted “as per Gary Bettman’s orders.”


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What are the NHL Players Doing During the Lockout?

September 24th, 2012 by Nick Bramante | Comments Off on What are the NHL Players Doing During the Lockout? | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

No Hockey for you!

The NHL is almost two weeks in to its lockout, and there has been next to nothing getting done by either side to get it done.  Because of this, players are looking for places to play until this all gets worked out.  Many Russian players, like Ilya Bryzgalov, are playing in the KHL (Which is considered the second best hockey league in the world by many).  Other Flyers, however, have different plans.

The players that are still eligible to play in the AHL for the Phantoms without having to clear waivers will do so.  They are Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, and Erik Wellwood.  Jakub Voracek returned home to the Czech Republic to play in the Czech Extraliga league.  Wayne Simmonds signed in Germany and is playing in the Bundesleague of Germany.  And then there are some guys that are staying in the US and renting ice to run unofficial practices together.  Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen, Kings forward Justin Williams, and others that live in the Philly, South Jersey area, have been renting out ice slots at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees.  Former Flyer Todd Fedourk, who is currently an assistant coach of the Trenton Titans, has volunteered to run these practices and help his fellow hockey players out.

What does all this mean though? This means that, although they prefer the NHL, they are willing to play over seas also.  With a lot of the NHL’s talent going to the KHL, that could make them the most powerful league in the world.  If that were to happen, why would they want to come back to the NHL? For the guys who decided to stay in the US, they will grow tired of practices and no games, especially if they keep getting in offers from other leagues world wide.  The AHL guys will eventually want better competition and they will leave too.

In saying all this, I do not want the NHL to take a devastating blow like that.  The owners, the players, and Gary Bettman need to get together in a room and not leave until they reach an agreement, or at least start to agree on some terms.

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