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CBA Chatter

Everything you wanted to know about the CBA but were afraid to ask Here are your updates from the past week on the ongoing collective bargaining agreement talks from around the Web. Well, time is ticking away and the owners and players are slowly moving towards common ground. Will a lockout be averted?[Hockeybuzz] [Puck Daddy] On Tuesday, the two sides met briefly and agreed to meet on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the NHL gave the players a new proposal to mull over and the NHLPA is reading it through. [Kuklas Korner] [Sports Illustrated] [CSN Philly] [USA Today] There is supposed to be a …

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Lockout Lamentations

One of the things that I love most about living in Philadelphia is the instant bond you form with someone when you discover you’re both fans of a particular team, or player. I love that no matter where you go, you can strike up a conversation about local sports with a stranger and feel like you’re talking to an old friend. I always smile when I catch someone wearing a Flyers shirt, especially in the middle of the summer, when hockey is only on the minds of few. The idea of losing Flyers hockey for a season is a pretty …

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Point/Counterpoint: Who’s to blame — owners or players?

  Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week Dain S and Jim H debate whether the looming NHL lockout is the players fault or the owners fault. Point, Jim: Defending the players…Make no mistake, no matter what happens as a result of this lockout, nobody wins. Not the fans and certainly not the entirety of the National Hockey League (players and owners), that has built a strong foundation since their last lockout, almost 10 years ago. The Winter Classic, and surrounding hoopla …

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CBA Chatter

  Everything you wanted to know about the CBA but were afraid to ask Here are your updates from the past week on the ongoing collective bargaining agreement talks from around the Web. This week all things were quiet until Wednesday when the heads of the two families, err sides, met briefly and then promptly cancelled the afternoon session. They agreed to meet this morning. Then, this happened:[Kuklas Korner] [ESPN] [Sports Illustrated] [Hockeybuzz] [Broad Street Hockey] So basically, there was no movement except into the two trenches that both sides have dug. A lockout looks to be all but certain. Trenton Titans, …

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Modest proposals for the next CBA

As National Hockey League owners and the NHLPA work towards creating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, some wonder if the two sides will find a middle ground before the league enters its third lockout in 18 years. While this author would never claim to be a CBA expert and fully admits that countless others are more well versed on the matter, he would still like to provide some suggestions. In the most recent iterations of the NFL and NBA’s CBA, the two leagues adopted a 10-year model. The CBA for these two leagues will expire in 2021. The NHL would …