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    The Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup marked the unofficial date for the National Hockey Leagues off-season to begin. The current CBA allows teams to use compliance buyouts on players in a two-year duration. Heres a quick reminder of how the NHLs compliance buyout policy works:

    If a NHL team wants to buy a player out, they must put him on unconditional waivers for 24 hours. The team in the NHL with the least amount of points has the first crack to claim the player; this team will pay the full the cap hit to play out the rest of his contract. If a player has a no-movement clause, they can reject the waiver claim.

    Teams can buy players out starting on Monday June 16 till June 30. Teams will be required to pay 1/3 of the players salary if theyre under 26. Players over 26 get 2/3rds of the remaining salary theyre owed.

    Regular buyouts and compliance are the similar with the only difference being compliance buyouts dont count against the salary cap.

    Per Transition Rule 53, a compliance buyout can only be executed on a contract entered into on or before Sept. 15, 2012. .

    Here are some major buyouts from last off season:

    Player Vincent Lecavalier Rick DiPietro Ilya Bryzgalov Mikhail Grabovski Danny Briere

    Team Tampa Bay NYIslanders Philadelphia Toronto Philadelphia

    Length 14 16 14 8 4

    Total Amount $32,666,667 $24,000,000 $23,000,000 $14,333,333 $3,333,333

    Yearly Payout $1,761,905 $1,500,00 $1,642,857 $1,791,667 $833,333

    Heres a list of potential compliance buyouts for the 2014 off-season:

    Team: Buffalo Sabres.

    Player: Ville Leino, Age 30.

    Current Contract: 3 years left at $4.250,000 per year.

    2013-14 Stats: 58GP, 0G, 15A, -16.

    Buyout Penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $4,000,000 $4,500,000 $1,222,222 $2,777,778 $1,722,222

    2015-16 $3,500,000 $4,500,000 $1,222,222 $2,277,778 $2,222,222

    2016-17 $3,500,000 $4,500,000 $1,222,222 $2,277,778 $2,222,222

    2017-18 $0 $0 $1,222,222 -$1,222,222 $1,222,222

    2018-19 $0 $0 $1,222,222 -$1,222,222 $1,222,222

    2019-20 $0 $0 $1,222,222 -$1,222,222 $1,222,222

    The lowdown: Leino has only played 66 games in the previous two seasons thanks to injuries. The Finnish forward was signed to a six-year, $ 27 million dollar contract in 2011 after Terry Pegula bought the Buffalo Sabres. Pegula wanted to show the fans he was committed to winning in Buffalo and handed out a combined $67 million to Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino. Leino has never scored more than 19 goals and 53 points, which occurred back in 2010-11 with the Philadelphia Flyers the season before Leino signed his multi-year contract. Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray hinted at the strong possibility of using a compliance buyout on Leino in an interview with WGR radio in Buffalo. NBCs Pro Hockey Talk reporter Joe Yerdon summed up Murrays radio interview:

    Murray said theres a strong possibility that theyll use the compliance buyout on Ville Leino. Murray says they must still cross the ts and dot the is and have one more conversation with the owner about it.

    The Verdict: 90% chance Buffalo buys him out. Maybe he heads back to Philadelphia or Detroit where he had earlier success in his career at $1.5-2 million a season.

    Team: Carolina Hurricanes

    Player: Alexander Semin, Age: 30.

    Current Contract: 4 years left at $7,000,000 per year.

    2013-14 Points: 65G, 22G, 20 A, +1

    Buyout Penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $2,333,333 $4,666,667 $2,333,333

    2015-16 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $2,333,333 $4,666,667 $2,333,333

    2016-17 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $2,333,333 $4,666,667 $2,333,333

    2017-18 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $2,333,333 $4,666,667 $2,333,333

    2018-19 $0 $0 $2,333,333 -$2,333,333 $2,333,333

    2019-20 $0 $0 $2,333,333 -$2,333,333 $2,333,333

    2020-21 $0 $0 $2,333,333 -$2,333,333 $2,333,333

    2021-22 $0 $0 $2,333,333 -$2,333,333 $2,333,333

    The Lowdown: Ex-Gm Jim Rutherford rewarded with Semin with a contract extension worth $35 million over five years after Semin scored at a point per game rate with 13 goals and 31 assists in the in the lockout shortened season. Jim had initially signed Semin to a one-year, $7 million as an UFA after the Washington Capitals chose not to resign him following the 2012 season. In 2013-14, the Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year and fired Rutherford. Ron Francis has now been hired as new GM and he may want to incorporate his own brand of Hurricanes hockey. The Hurricanes team to improve on their team defence and Semin cant really be trusted in key defensive situations. The Russian sniper is more known for his deadly accurate wrist shot and offensive instincts.

    The verdict: 25% chance Carolina buys him out. Since Semins contract was signed after September 15, 2012, he is not eligible for a compliance buyout. That means his contract would count against the cap. Semin still was somewhat productive last season, producing at a rate of a $5-5.5 million. He has showed chemistry with the Staal brothers and Jeff Skinner. Semin isn't the problem of the Hurricanes, Francis needs to make them tougher and add more defensive structure to their game. Semin could easily score 70-80 points next year if Carolina team can bounce back.

    Team: Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Player: R.J. Umberger, Age: 32

    Contract Remaining: 3 years left at $4,600,000 per season.

    2013-14 Stats: 74G, 18 G, 16A, -3.

    Buyout Penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $4,500,000 $4,600,000 $1,500,000 $3,000,000 $1,600,000

    2015-16 $4,500,000 $4,600,000 $1,500,000 $3,000,000 $1,600,000

    2016-17 $4,500,000 $4,600,000 $1,500,000 $3,000,000 $1,600,000

    2017-18 $0 $0 $1,500,000 -$1,500,000 $1,500,000

    2018-19 $0 $0 $1,500,000 -$1,500,000 $1,500,000

    2019-20 $0 $0 $1,500,000 -$1,500,000 $1,500,000

    The Lowdown: The Columbus Blue Jackets have finally drafted players that could potentially play for a Stanley Cup in a few years. Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray give hockey fans in Ohio hope for a bright future of winning. It would be safe to say RJ Umbergers days in Columbus are numbered because of the term and dollar value are unlikely to match Umbergers offensive output by the time he reaches the end of the deal. Umberger only played in the final four games of the six game playoff series versus Pittsburgh, registering one assist while averaging just over 12:30 TOI. This series proved that the Blue Jackets dont really need R.J. in the lineup, as it appeared he was taking the spot in the lineup of a younger player and made the Blue Jackets worse when he played. Umberger looked slow and out of place against a skilled Penguins team, resulting in the former Philadelphia Flyer and Vancouver Canuck draft pick finishing with -2 rating in the first round series. Columbus may even keep him around, as he does add some veteran leadership to a young team and the Blue jackets have.

    The Verdict: 30% chance Columbus buys out R.J. Umberger. Blue Jackets sophomore GM Jarmo Kekäläinen may be more inclined to trade Umberger rather than buy him out, as he does still have some value but may have to retain some salary, because Umbergers production levels are starting to drop off significantly. Umberger asked for a trade in May and Kekäläinen may be forced to trade him rather than buy him out.

    Team: Detroit Red Wings

    Players: Jordin Tootoo or Stephen Weiss; Both players 32 years old.

    Contract remaining:

    -Tootoo: 1 year at $1,900,000 per season.

    -Weiss: 4 years at $4,600,000 per season.

    2013-14 Stats:

    -Tootoo: 11GP, 1A, -3, 5 PIM (NHL). 51GP 6G, 12, -1, 104 PIM

    -Weiss: 26 GP, 2G, 2A, -4.

    Buyout penalty for Tootoo:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $2,000,000 $1,900,000 $666,667 $1,333,333 $566,667

    2015-16 $0 $0 $666,667 -$666,667 $666,667

    Buyout penalty for Weiss:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $4,000,000 $4,900,000 $1,583,333 $2,416,667 $2,483,333

    2015-16 $5,500,000 $4,900,000 $1,583,333 $3,916,667 $983,333

    2016-17 $5,500,000 $4,900,000 $1,583,333 $3,916,667 $983,333

    2017-18 $4,000,000 $4,900,000 $1,583,333 $2,416,667 $2,483,333

    2018-19 $0 $0 $1,583,333 -$1,583,333 $1,583,333

    2019-20 $0 $0 $1,583,333 -$1,583,333 $1,583,333

    2020-21 $0 $0 $1,583,333 -$1,583,333 $1,583,333

    2021-22 $0 $0 $1,583,333 -$1,583,333 $1,583,333

    The Lowdown: Ken Holland and his management staff established the National Hockey League's blueprint on how to stockpile draft picks build your team through the draft and you shall exceed. All the recent Stanley Cup winners have assembled talent through the draft accordingly. In the previous generation of the NHL the non salary cap era of clutching and grabbing the Detroit Red Wings were able to throw large quantities of cash at high-priced free agents thanks in part to the on ice success and the deep pockets of Red Wings Mike Illitch the Little Cesars Pizza Owner. The Red Wings have built up their depth tremendously through the draft and havent taken too many risks in free agency with the exception of three players Jordin Tootoo , Stephen Weiss, and last years buy out Carlo Colaiacovo. Ken Holland took a gamble on Tootoo, whos battled hard both on and off the ice. The former World Junior Canadian star has endured several suspensions and time away from the NHL for alcohol abuse. When Tootoo is on his game, hes a fourth line winger that can add instantly add a spark of momentum with a big hit or tough fight. Jordin hasnt been the same player since he left the Nashville Predators in July 2012 after he posted a career high of 6 goals, and 24 assists in 77 games.

    Weiss, on the other hand has is well known for his inconsistent stretches of hockey. Weiss has also never played in a full 82 games average. In his twelve-year career, Weiss is only averaging 57 games a year. In his last two seasons combined with the Panthers and Red Wings, Weiss has only appeared in 43 games, scoring 3G, 5A, -17 and 37 PIMS. So far, the Red Wings have lost on Weiss' investment to the team. The former Plymouth Whaler contract could haunt the Red Wings for years if he doesn't step up his game and the Ken Holland chooses not to buy him out. Hollsnd may have to convince ownership that buying out Stephen Weiss is necessary if Detroit wants to be able to resign players that can help keep them a playoff contender.

    The Verdict:

    -50% chance Detroit buys Tootoo out.

    -50% chance Detroit buys Weiss out. If Detroit cant find a willing trade partner to take Tootoos contract, they should strongly consider buying out Weiss.

    The Red Wings maybe chose to give Weiss another chance, as he had three-plus twenty goal seasons and has a 0.59 PPG over his career. Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press hinted at Tootoo's future on Twitter: " Ken Holland says it's likely Red Wings will use compliance buyout on Jordin Tootoo if no trade possible"

    *Detroit used one of their compliance buyouts on Carlo Colaiacovo last year, so Ken Holland can only buy one player out this off season.

    Team: Los Angeles Kings.

    Player: Mike Richards, Age 29.

    Contract Remaining: 6 years at $5,750,000 per year.

    2013-14 Stats:

    -Regular Season: 82GP, 11G, 30A, -6, 28 PIMS

    -Playoffs: 26 GP, 3G, 10A, -6, 17 PIMS; Won Stanley Cup with Kings.

    Buyout Penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $7,000,000 $5,750,000 $1,611,111 $5,388,889 $361,111

    2015-16 $6,000,000 $5,750,000 $1,611,111 $4,388,889 $1,361,111

    2016-17 $5,500,000 $5,750,000 $1,611,111 $3,888,889 $1,861,111

    2017-18 $4,500,000 $5,750,000 $1,611,111 $2,888,889 $2,861,111

    2018-19 $3,000,000 $5,750,000 $1,611,111 $1,388,889 $4,361,111

    2019-20 $3,000,000 $5,750,000 $1,611,111 $1,388,889 $4,361,111

    2020-21 $0 $0 $1,611,111 -$1,611,111 $1,611,111

    2021-22 $0 $0 $1,611,111 -$1,611,111 $1,611,111

    2022-23 $0 $0 $1,611,111 -$1,611,111 $1,611,111

    2023-24 $0 $0 $1,611,111 -$1,611,111 $1,611,111

    2024-25 $0 $0 $1,611,111 -$1,611,111 $1,611,111

    2025-26 $0 $0 $1,611,111 -$1,611,111 $1,611,11

    The Lowdown: Mike Richards was signed to twelve year, $69 million contract by the Philadelphia Flyers. Two years later, Richards was dealt to the LA Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and 2nd round pick (G Anthony Stolarz). Richards and former Flyer teammate Jeff Carter wounded up in Los Angeles and helps the Kings win a Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. Richards was a Selke finalist in 2009 the NHLs award for the best defensive forward and was considered to be one of the top two-way centres in the NHL. Although somewhat undersized, Richards brought a physical presence to the Flyers and Kings and would crank it up come postseason. Richards now has 26G, 61A for 87 points in 124-career playoffs game split between the Flyers and the Kings. He lost the Stanley Cup in 2010 to the Blackhawks when he was a Flyer, but redeemed himself winning the cup twice in three years. Richards is starting to appear much slower and his physical condition has come under scrutiny this year. Perhaps Richards could be getting a little too comfortable with the laidback lifestyle of Los Angeles.

    The Verdict: 50% chance Los Angeles buys out Mike Richards. With two Stanley Cups, an Olympic Gold Medal, and a World Junior Championship Gold and millions of dollars already earned, Richards has already accomplished what only some can dream of. The native of Kenora, Ontario is no longer the player he was when Paul Holmgren signed him to a laughable twelve year deal. The Kings may choose to move on from his deal. Hes still an effective player still producing 0.50 PPG but hes starting to show signs that his body is slowing down because of the hard-nosed style of play Richards has endured over the years. Los Angeles has an abundance of young prospects ready to make the jump to the NHL and will have to scrape up all the cash they can find in order to keep their Stanley Cup core in order. The Kings have the potential to be a dynasty if Dean Lombardi can properly manage his roster.

    Team: New Jersey Devils

    Player: Anton Volchenkov. Age: 32.

    Contract Remaining: 2 years at $4,250,000 per year.

    2013-14 Stats: 8A, ,+3, 20 PIMS in 55 games.

    Buyout penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $1,416,667 $2,833,333 $1,416,667

    2015-16 $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $1,416,667 $2,833,333 $1,416,667

    2016-17 $0 $0 $1,416,667 -$1,416,667 $1,416,667

    2017-18 $0 $0 $1,416,667 -$1,416,667 $1,416,667

    The Lowdown: The Former Ottawa Senator was one of the leagues better shutdown defencemen for a number of years. The big Russian earned a nice contract with New Jersey in 2010, signing a 6 year, $26 million dollar contract. Volchenkov was a healthy scratch down the stretch when the Devils were trying to qualify for the playoffs this year

    The Verdict: 50% chance New Jersey buys Volchenkov out. The Devils have always had a strong depth of defensive styled players with Lou Lamoriello running the team. The Devils may try to trade Volchenkov and retain some salary if they dont want to buy him out.

    Team: New York Rangers

    Player: Brad Richards. Age: 34.

    Contract Remaining: 6 years at $6,666,667 per year.

    2013-14 Stats: 82GP, 20G, 31A,,-8, 18 PIMS

    Buyout Penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $6,500,000 $6,666,667 $1,055,556 $5,444,444 $1,222,222

    2015-16 $6,500,000 $6,666,667 $1,055,556 $5,444,444 $1,222,222

    2016-17 $3,000,000 $6,666,667 $1,055,556 $1,944,444 $4,722,222

    2017-18 $1,000,000 $6,666,667 $1,055,556 -$55,556 $6,722,222

    2018-19 $1,000,000 $6,666,667 $1,055,556 -$55,556 $6,722,222

    2019-20 $1,000,000 $6,666,667 $1,055,556 -$55,556 $6,722,222

    2020-21 $0 $0 $1,055,556 -$1,055,556 $1,055,556

    2021-22 $0 $0 $1,055,556 -$1,055,556 $1,055,556

    2022-23 $0 $0 $1,055,556 -$1,055,556 $1,055,556

    2023-24 $0 $0 $1,055,556 -$1,055,556 $1,055,556

    2024-25 $0 $0 $1,055,556 -$1,055,556 $1,055,556

    The Lowdown: Out of all potential buyouts, Brad Richards is the one guy you could bet your life on that will get bought out. Glen Sather is notoriously known for handing out large contracts to players who are over the hill. Eric Lindros, Bobby Holik, Scott Gomez, Chris Drury all fit the same picture of situation with Brad Richards. Brad won the Stanley Cup with fellow Ranger teammate Martin St. Louis in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and also won the Conn Smythe Award as the leagues best player during the postseason. That playoff run guaranteed Richards he would be commanding a high dollar value for the remainder of his career. After a brief stint in Dallas, he struck his home run contract in the Big Apple, signing a nine year, $60 million dollar contract. The Rangers need to resign key RFAs like Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, and may even try to resign UFAs Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot and Brian Boyle three players that had an excellent playoffs for the roles they played. The Rangers use the money from Richards contract to keep a solid young group of players together.

    The Verdict: 99% chance New York buys Richards out. The contract will pay the Prince Edward Island native till 2026 and the Rangers need to take advantage of the compliance buyout while its still in effect. Although he still does see the ice well, Brads foot speed is noticeably slow. He will probably get a similar deal to old teammate Vincent Lecavalier got last year, with maybe a shorter term. Look for Richards to command in the $4.5-5 million dollar range.

    Team: San Jose Sharks

    Players: Martin Havlat and Adam Burish. Havlat age 33, Burish age 31.

    Contract Remaining:

    -Havlat: 1 year at $5,000,000

    -Burish: 2 years at $1,850,000 per year.

    Players Stats:

    -Havlat: 48GP 12G, 10A, +14, 10 PIMS

    -Burish: 15GP, 0G, 0A, -4, 6 PIMS

    Havlats buyout penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $6,000,000 $5,000,000 $2,000,000 $4,000,000 $1,000,000

    2015-16 $0 $0 $2,000,000 -$2,000,000 $2,000,000

    Burishs buyout penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $1,850,000 $1,850,000 $616,667 $1,233,333 $616,667

    2015-16 $1,850,000 $1,850,000 $616,667 $1,233,333 $616,667

    2016-17 $0 $0 $616,667 -$616,667 $616,667

    The Lowdown: Martin Havlat was acquired by Sharks GM Doug Wilson in a contract swap with the Minnesota Wild for none other than Dany Heatley. Havlat was finding it hard adjusting to the Minnesota Wilds defensive styled team, so Wilson decided to take a chance on the former Ottawa Senator and Chicago Blackhawk. Havlat is far removed from his days where he would pot in 25-30 goals a season. The Czech Republic native also won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010. The skilled left-winger still managed to score 8 goals in the 40 games last year and tallied 12 in 48 this year which is still decent production. Havlat is no where near the player he once was.

    Adam Burish also won a Stanley Cup and was one of many Blackhawk payers that had to leave town thanks to Chicagos salary cap troubles and an abundance of younger players that deserved raises because of winning Lord Stanley. The Wisconsin-born Burish played two seasons in Dallas, compiling 33 points in 128 games with the Stars, not bad for a an effective bottom-six forward who was one of the games top agitators a couple years ago. In 61 games with the Sharks, Burish has only tallied an abysmal 1G, 2A, -11, and 31 PIMS. This is not what Doug Wilson envisioned for the scrappy Burish who signed a four year deal worth $7,400,000 total back in the summer of 2012.

    The Verdict: -50% chance San Jose buys out Havlat.

    -50% chance San Jose buys out Burish. Doug Wilson has already stated Havlat wont be back with the Sharks next year. Now does that mean Wilson will use a compliance buyout on Marty Havlat or will Wilson hope a team claims him off waivers? Wilson could try to trade Havlat as well if he decides he wants to retain some of his $5,000,000 dollar contract, although he may have to retain at least $2,000,000 if he actually wants to get a return on Havlat.

    Burish on the other hand may also be shopped first. A change of scenary could benefit Burish, who fell to the bottom of the depth chart in SJ thanks to youngsters like Tommy Wingels and journeyman Mike Brown.

    Team: Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Player: Ryan Malone. Age 34

    Contract Remaining: 1 year at $ 4.5 million.

    2013-14 points: 5G, 10A, -7, 67 PIMS.

    Buyout penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $2,500,000 $4,500,000 $833,333 $1,666,667 $2,833,333

    2015-16 $0 $0 $833,333 -$833,333 $833,333

    The lowdown: Unfortunately for Malone, he may have already played his final game as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Malone has enjoyed his time in Florida maybe a little too much since he was caught with cocaine and an impaired driving charge a few months ago. When Malone struggled mightily this year even playing on Tampas top line of Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, it was evident that his best days are well behind him. The 5-time 20-goal scorer hasn't scored 20 goals in a season 2011-12, when he was good for 48 points in 82 games. The often-injured Malone played the majority of the season on the Lightnings fourth line and he was a healthy scratch on numerous occasions.

    The Verdict: 99% chance Tampa Bay buys out Malone. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told a Tampa Bay sports reporter about the possibility of buying out the Pittsburgh native and former Penguin:

    Obviously, injuries hes had some serious injuries over the past three, four years since Ive been with the organization have limited the number of games that he could play, Yzerman said. It does take its toll on a player. Were taking everything into consideration for the offseason in improving our team, and were looking at all different (options), whether it be the draft, free agency, trades, buyouts. Well take it all into consideration.

    The only chance Malone remains in Tampa is if the NHL rules that Malone cant be bought out because of his current enrollment in the NHLPA and NHLs Substance Abuse and Behavioral Program. It is believed that NHL teams cant still buy players out if its not hockey related.

    Team: Vancouver Canucks.

    Players:

    -David Booth, age 29.

    - Alex Burrows, age 32.

    Contracts remaining:

    Booth: 1 year at $4,250,000.

    Burrows: 3 years at $ 4,500,000 per year.

    2013-14 Stats:

    -Booth: 66GP, 9G, 10A, +1, 18 PIMS

    -Burrows : 49GP, 5G,10A, -9, 71 PIMS

    Booths buyout penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $4,750,000 $4,250,000 $1,583,333 $3,166,667 $1,083,333

    2015-16 $0 $0 $1,583,333 -$1,583,333 $1,583,333

    Burrows buyout penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $3,500,000 $4,500,000 $1,111,111 $2,388,889 $2,111,111

    2015-16 $3,500,000 $4,500,000 $1,111,111 $2,388,889 $2,111,111

    2016-17 $3,000,000 $4,500,000 $1,111,111 $1,888,889 $2,611,111

    2017-18 $0 $0 $1,111,111 -$1,111,111 $1,111,111

    2018-19 $0 $0 $1,111,111 -$1,111,111 $1,111,111

    2019-20 $0 $0 $1,111,111 -$1,111,111 $1,111,111

    The Lowdown: David Booth has been speculated to be a buyout candidate for over a year now. The Canucks bought out Keith Ballard last year weren't able to buy Booth out because the Michigan native was injured and injured players cant be bought out. Booth had a tough year playing under John Tortorella and once again was plagued by injuries. Towards the end of the season, Booth started to show chemistry with Canucks 23 year old Zack Kassian and newly acquired centre Shawn Matthias a Red Wings draft pick who was sent to Florida for Todd Bertuzzi, then sent to Vancouver for Roberto Luongo. Luongo was traded to Vancouver for Bertuzzi back in 2006. Trevor Linden and Jim Benning must decide if Booth showed enough at the end of the year when David declared he was finally back in game shape after battling injuries for the better part of two years. Booth takes the puck hard to the net and is known as a north/south power forward who works extremely hard on the ice.He's struggled with finishing his chances but generates good scoring chances. If healthy under a new coach, Booth could potentially be a force, scoring 20 goals by not being afraid of crashing the net. Booth did score 16 goals in 56 games back in 2011-12 with Vancouver the production level that was satisfactory to his contract value.

    Alex Burrows for the first time in his career missed significant time due to multiple injuries that forced him to score only nine goals in 49 games. Burrows is now 33 and seems to be loosing a step while trying to stay healthy. Some would argue that Burrows only scored his four 20+ seasons (including 35 goals in 2009-10) because of the Sedin twins. The Canucks may try to convert younger forwards such as Zack Kassian or Nik Jensen to play right wing with the Sedins. The Canucks may not want to pay Burrows $13.5 million over the next three years in a third line checking role where Burrows will most likely struggle to score 20 goals without playing with Daniel and Henrik.

    The Verdict:

    -75% chance Vancouver buys Booth out.

    -25% chance Vancouver buys Burrows out. Booths only has one year left on his contract and that makes it ideal for Canucks management to buy him out because they will only have to pay him till the end of 2015-16. On the contrast, why not let Booth play the final year out and see if he can finally contribute and bring the secondary scoring like the Canucks hoped he could when they sent Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson to Florida for the hunter.

    Burrows may very well have a bounce back season and get back to his 20 goals over a full season without any injuries and regain his form with the Sedins. The Sedins best days seem to behind them, although many would argue that now fired coach John Tortorella misused the Dank and Hank last year resulting in them having too much ice time and severe lack of production due to fatigue. Tortorella even suggested that Burrows should be bought out after Burrows didn't score a goal until his 36th game of the season. The Canucks need to rebuild and buying out Burrows would be a certain indication that Jim Benning and Trevor Linden are serious when they say this team needs change. Burrows is a fan favourite in Vancouver and a Burrows buyout would send shock waves through the Vancity. But ultimately its a business decision that would make sense from a financial standpoint if the Canucks buy Burrows out.

    Team: Winnipeg Jets.

    Player: Ondrej Pavelec, Age: 26.

    Contract remaining: 3 years at $3.9 million per year.

    2013-14 Stats: 22W, 26L, 7OTL, 3.01GAA, .901Sv%.

    Buyout Penalty:

    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT

    2014-15 $3,750,000 $3,900,000 $1,416,667 $2,333,333 $1,566,667

    2015-16 $4,250,000 $3,900,000 $1,416,667 $2,833,333 $1,066,667

    2016-17 $4,750,000 $3,900,000 $1,416,667 $3,333,333 $566,667

    2017-18 $0 $0 $1,416,667 -$1,416,667 $1,416,667

    2018-19 $0 $0 $1,416,667 -$1,416,667 $1,416,667

    2019-20 $0 $0 $1,416,667 -$1,416,667 $1,416,667

    The Lowdown: The Winnipeg Jets have had inconsistent goaltending from Ondrej Pavelec ever since the Atlanta Thrashers headed north of the 49th parallel. The Jets are ready to take the next step in qualifying for the playoffs, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff already has one difficult decision this off-season figuring out what to do with Evander Kane. Winnipeg may also come to the conclusion that they need to make get a new goalie. The Jets may find it difficult to find a taker for Pavelec, his 3.9 million dollar contract is a bit too pricey for his current value. Buying him out may be the only option and many Jets fans have expressed extreme desire for Pavelec to be gone.

    The Verdict: 50% chance Winnpeg buys Pavelec out. Pavelec is only 26 and could have a bounce back season if the Jets can upgrade their team defense and continue to build around youngsters Evander Kane, Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele.

    The following teams have used one compliance buyout and have 1 left:

    -Buffalo, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Montreal, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, and Washington.

    The following teams have already used both compliance buyouts and have 0 left:

    -Chicago, Philadelphia, and Toronto

    The following teams havent used any compliance buyouts and have 2 left:

    -Anaheim, Calgary, Carolina, Columbus, Florida, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose. St. Louis, and Winnipeg.

    Buyout charts from CapGeek.com.

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  1. Maybe it's time for Gillis to start thinking about tomorrow

    Mar. 10

    As the season comes to a close, and the ‘Nucks give up 3 goal leads to the likes of a Tavares-less Islander group, the team finds itself four points outside of a wildcard spot—behind a team that’s played two fewer games in the schedule. Things look grim, and it seems that even coach Tortorella has resigned to the fact his first year behind this bench will be a failure. As John Garrett so eloquently framed the scene: this is a fragile Canuck group.

    It seems that every highlight package features at least one glimpse of the impassioned American rolling his eyes, or scoffing in bitter acceptance at the train wreck he’s contractually obligated to lead. The mire of these last fourteen games will weigh heavily on a coaching staff that entered this year with high hopes, and higher expectations.

    With no support from a management group that appears unable to improve a roster thats seen its best days through trade, Johnny T. and company might be advised to cross the finish line without a virtue that’s synonymous to professional sport: honour.

    Note that analysts and critics seem to agree that this draft class has substance. Names like Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart have featured prominently on Bob McKenzie’s desk, two names that catalyze a pool of prospects that offer a more collective allure than the past couple years. Should the Canucks join their Alberta neighbours in salivating over the possibilities of June 27th, or is the likelihood of a strong finish worth sacrificing the future? That crop of players, boasting names like Horvat, Shinkaruk and Subban, could benefit from the added competition another top-ten pick would present.

    Before skeptics begin to question the integrity of this plan, the organization needs to accept that a seven-game series with any of the California teams or Chicago likely wouldn’t go beyond four one-sided contests. The evidence was carved in last spring’s drubbing at the hands of San Jose, and the five-game upset that saw eighth seeded Los Angeles eliminate the President Trophy winners. It would be advisable for Gillis to pull the plug on this season’s pulse, giving Tortorella another year to motivate this group, all the while deepening this organization’s pool of young talent. The move could subvert the complete rebuild teams like the Oilers are caught in, and would remedy the ills of waiting until it’s too late—a scenario carried out by Darryl Sutter that Calgarians lament.

    However, the morality required to throw games can’t be found in your average professional hockey dressing room. The very nature of the sport is selfless, as the altruistic post-game player interviews prove. Clubs in other sports have thrown entire seasons to earn a young star’s rights, a dilemma that’s become quite problematic in Aussie rules football. The NBA recently addressed the issue, making all fourteen non-playoff teams equally eligible for the first overall pick.

    But, let’s not get sidetracked, the name of the game is consistency and—looking at the ‘Nucks record the past few weeks—perhaps dignity can be found in staying the mediocre course. If ownership had intended this season to be a bust, then their plan is coming to fruition in spades. Good ol’ Francesco and his brother vetoed a viable Kesler trade, maintained an unreasonably high Heritage Classic ticket price, and built the team’s brand by establishing a somewhat forced Ring of Honour. We’re not saying the business magnates fall into the category of super villainy, and have sinister designs on the team, it’s just that anytime owners interfere in management decisions there’s a reason to be suspicious.

    Nevertheless, the direction of this team goes beyond the guys who cut the cheques. If this team is to reestablish itself as a Cup contender, it needs to make decisions that affect not only today-but tomorrow as well.

    It’s nice seeing youngsters like Niklas Jensen, Darren Archibald and Jordan Schroeder get substantial ice-time in tonight’s game versus the Islanders, inclusions that benefit the team’s collective depth. The ‘Nucks still have a big group of veterans that can mentor this next generation, a knowledge exchange that significantly expedited the developed of both Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack.

    So, the question lingers: should management and coaching dabble in immorality, and throw this season, or is it worth forgetting the goals set for this season so that Lack won’t find himself in a Pacific division shooting gallery—with no apparent end in sight?

  2. Mr Aquilini,

    If you have any sense take your losses now. Mr Gillis made a mistake.Fire Gillis and Tortorella before it is too late and everyone asks to be traded.By next week your rink will be empty. Stop the spiral.Players don't lose skills overnight, but they do quit playing for coaches and GMs whom they do not respect. I am 49 years old and have been a Canucks fan for 44 yrs, this is a disgrace. Do you want the few fans who come to the games to wear paper bags, thats where it is going. I am one fan done watching this is a disgrace!

  3. It is a tough time to cheer for the Canucks, with a season going so wrong from one that had started out so well. Things looked good at Christmas, but it's been really poor since then.

    There is a lot of reactionary talk on the forum and I honestly don't agree with 99% of what I am reading, so I opted to go the blog route. New posts on the forum tend to either get torn apart or potentially locked, so there's that to consider as well.

    Throwing away this team's core for nothing or for middling draft picks and prospects is a really bad idea. The idea that the team can be fixed by tanking and drafting early is a bad idea as well. Yes, Chicago and Pittsburgh did that, but they also signed some great depth and the Pens got two guys in Malkin and Crosby who simply make them nearly unstoppable. I could point to the Islanders, Columbus, Florida and Edmonton as examples of why blowing everything up could mean disaster.

    Gillis has signed this core and right now it isn't playing to its full potential. This can be seen as Tortorella's fault on some level, and maybe they change the coach again after this season. The thing is, Gillis has signed guys for below market value and the Canucks have managed to get free agents. He has signed both UFA guys like Garrison and Hamhuis as well as college kids like Tanev or European talents like Lack and Eriksson. They come here, in part, due to the reputation the team has had for winning and for the team atmosphere.

    Everything on that level looks broken right now. The team cannot score. They have zero confidence as a team. They play back and they play not to lose. This season is lost. I saw that early in January and I have seen it with the Canucks for a long time. If you look at any playoff exit since 2006, before Gillis was in the picture, this team has never been good at turning momentum back in their favor. Now that has carried over into the regular season as well.

    There is no magic wand to be waved here. There are no easy answers. Okay, you ditch Luongo and get what back? You want cap space? Okay, but if you're right no one wants to sign here, you're just saving the owner some money. It's not like ticket prices will drop if the team's salary goes down.

    I don't have as big an issue with the decision to start Lack over Luongo in the Heritage Classic as others do. It's one game out of 82 and the team has won one of its last ten. Torts was playing a hunch and he lost. My issue is that this can even be an issue right now.

    Everyone seems ready to ditch Gillis, but I don't see a lot of solutions outside of trade proposals which are usually terrible ones. The real solution has to start with Gillis. Sit down with the Sedins, Kesler, Luongo, Bieksa, Burrows and any key guys in this line up and ask them what THEY think will work. Keep Tortorella out of the meeting for the first hour. Swear they can talk off the record and say whatever they want. If they want to vent about the stifling system they are being forced to play, let them. Let them discuss who they feel should go and why. Have them honestly grade their performances. These guys have played together for almost a decade, so honesty should not be a problem within this group. Ask them where the team should be headed and whether or not they want to be a part of the process going forward. At the end, ask if they want to meet with the coach, If the vote is a no, then sit with Tortorella after that meeting and tell him what they said, without naming names and causing more internal strife. If Tortorella is not on the same page, then as a GM make a decision about who you feel is right or wrong. If Tortorella is badly out of touch, you let him go right now. You do not wait until the end of the season. You then hire the most player friendly coach to finish the year you can find and work to repair the broken relationships on the roster.

    Notice I didn't say who to trade or who to trade for. There is something wrong internally and bringing in new players likely won't fix it. If there is something that wrong and Kesler was openly whining during the Olympics, then the entire league knows the Vancouver locker room is toxic right now. Players will not want to come here. My main concern is that a knee-jerk reaction and dealing away key guys could lead to five or six down years before the Canucks show they can hold their own with the best in the NHL again. The Vancouver market is not known for supporting losing teams for very long. Combine a weak Canadian dollar with low attendance figures and tell me how much worse things get. Maybe the internal salary cap drops so the owner can make a profit and the Canucks become like the Islanders money-wise.

    I am not going to stop supporting the team because of down times. I never have. I never abandoned Boston even when O'Connell was the GM and when Ray Bourque had to head to Denver to win a Cup. That was as dark as it got, but I kept cheering for them anyway. Yeah, I know the Bruins and Canucks don't get along, but I picked Boston when Neely went there and never imagined they would ever meet in the Finals. I certainly had no clue they would get along so badly when they did either. My point is, as dark as things look for the Canucks right now, just throwing everything and everyone out would be a mistake. There are some good young players on the team, some solid prospects developing and there could be a solid draft pick or two picked up this year as well. Even in poor draft years there are solid players drafted. During the pre-season, I was excited by Gaunce, Shinkaruk, Horvat and Corrado and I still think those guys have a solid future with the Canucks.

    Maybe I have to take time away from the Canucks' forum right now. It just seems to devolve into pointless arguing and the same stupid trade proposals. If pointless arguing and stupid trade proposals are going on in the GM's office, then the team is in real trouble. Cooler heads have to prevail. Make the Canucks a team players want to come to again.

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    Well, it's about ten thirty and the Canucks have managed to typically lose another tight game to a non playoff team. I can't help but think this gives me grounds to tack on a couple of extra things on my birthday wish list.

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    1. Please Gillis, open your eyes and see that grinders are not getting this team anywhere. This may come as a bit of a joke but our most successful second line with core had Raymond and an old, skilled player as Kesler's wingers. You would think that Sundin and Samuelsson excelling and Booth, Higgins, Santorelli failing would have taught you something. Kesler NEEDS players with poise on his wing. Shoot first players just do not cut it. I'm hoping that this has occurred to you because Prospal is a great signing in my opinion and I hope he gets a look on Kesler's wing because he would be an EXCELLENT fit.

    2. Please Torts, open your eyes and see that Kassian is NEVER going to be the defensively responsible, hard working player you envision as your prototypical hockey player. Playing coy and looking lazy is just his way of going about things, and it works! Telling him to play more physical and trying to mould him into a prototypical power-forward will never work. He is a play-maker at heart and he knows it. It's such a treat to watch him slow the game down to his pace and watching the gears turn inside his head along the boards. He is going to progress very slowly under the 'earn your ice-time' mentality. He has been bounced up and down the line-up all year and it is only hurting his development. Feed him second line minutes and power-play time and mark my words, he will flourish.

    3. Please Gillis, I'm begging you not to trade any of Edler, Hansen, Kesler, Burrows or the Twins. Throw Bieksa in there if you feel like it too. These are the only players along with Kassian who are constantly attempting to play the puck possession hockey that made us successful in the first place. It is EXTREMELY frustrating to watch them being dragged down by their line-mates. And I know the frustration that I'm feeling must be present in their minds as well.

    4. Please Hockey Gods, I'm praying for you to bless the Canucks with a healthy roster for next season because I have full faith in the Canucks coming back full swing. I don't think people realize enough how much of a change losing Booth in the off season could bring. Schroeder on a bridge contract at 3C and Kassian becoming a fixture on Kesler's wing will happen. And our offence will explode in a big way. The only things that need to be added are a veteran, skilled winger for our second line which could be had for cheap and a purely offensive defence-man.

    Thank you,

    SS

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    I'm hoping we can get a couple more before it's over. I need to see some wins so I know my son is cheering from up above. we will always be Nucks fans, but a killer ending to this horrible game would be nice. Do it for Ash boys!! Go Canucks Go!!

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    WTF :We are going to host a Heritage Classic game this year. I know that in Vancouver we feel forgotten about in the big BHL (Bettman Hockey league) most of the time, and to a degree rightly so, but to have a "Heritage Classic" game here is a little ridicules don't you think! They are supposed to be games to bring back memories of years past playing outside on frozen ponds, lakes or flooded back yards, which rarely occurs in Vancouver, not in just another extra large venue to sell more tickets. What is the plan? To have the roof open for an outdoor experience? What if it is RAINING? A good chance it could be. And back to the more tickets and for how much? A 200 dollar ticket that you will be so far away binoculars won't find the puck. Just seems like a lot for not much in return. I will stick with the games at the "GARAGE"!!!!

  4. Question 1: What's the only way to avoid a pothole when riding a motorcycle following behind a car?

    Answer: Look where you want to go. If you look at the pothole, you will hit it 100% of the time.

     

    Question 2: What's the only way to avoid hitting the ditch when losing control in a skid around a slippery curve?

    Answer: Look where you want to go. If you look at the ditch, you will hit it 100% of the time.

     

    Question 3: As a skydiver, what's the only way to close on an 8-way?

    Answer: Look where you want to go. If you look elsewhere, you will go there 100% of the time.

     

    Questions 4: What's the best chance of hitting the back of the net?

    Answer: Look at the net. Chances are you will hit it. If you look at the goalie, you will hit him 100% of the time. If you're mesmerized by mass confusion in front of the net, you will miss the net by a mile.

     

    Suggestion: Look at what you want to hit. In basketball they call it, "Nothing but net".

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    The Stork

    For all the (justified?) boourns the Canucks' scouting staff have to deal with, every now and then they pick up a gem and it goes largely unnoticed.

    That is until it's too obvious to ignore. Chris Tanev says hello, by the way.

    There's no need to go through the Canucks' woeful drafting record in the past decade. Everything that needs to be said has been spoken. We're still wondering where Nathan Smith is and most of us still have R.J Umberger getting laid out by Brian Campbell bookmarked somewhere on Youtube.

    The fact is poor scouting and poor drafting have been an area of concern for this organization and they look enviously around the league, marveling at all the players who successfully graduated from their respective hockey programs.

    Even the one real stud the Canucks drafted in 2004 by the name of Cory Schneider had to leave town. We all know how that went.

    But not all of scouting is left in the fate of the draft floor.

    Eddie Lack was a quiet addition to the organization in April of 2010. Not surprisingly, it was a fellow Swede who noticed his raw talent and skill. Former Canuck and current team scout Lars Lindgren was asked to keep tabs on Jacob Markstrom-- then with Brynas IF of the Swedish Elite League. Markstrom was a hot name at the time-- big, fast, technically sound and competitive. Lindgren was joined by perhaps a dozen scouts from various clubs trying to determine if he'd be the next Swedish phenom in net.

    But while the others were too busy keeping track of Markstrom, nobody paid much attention to his back-up, a tall, lanky and goofy kid by the name of Eddie Lack.

    Nobody that is, except Lindgren.

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    Despite playing just a handful of games, Lindgren had seen enough. The potential was there. The skillset was there. All he needed was a chance. Lack wasn't on anybody's list and had been passed in the draft after a relatively unexciting junior-level career.

    Goaltending is a difficult position to judge. There's really no obvious way of determining if a goalie will pan out the way you expect them to. Some put together excellent junior careers and cease to stop pucks at the highest level. Others develop slower but once they're in form, they become franchise-quality netminders.

    Hindsight is 20/20 and as this article is being written, Lack's future seems to be in better shape than his former teammate Markstrom's. Maybe that's what happens when you play in Florida, though.

    Regardless, you put their numbers side-by-side and you can clearly see the Canucks unearthed a diamond in the rough with Lack.

    Markstrom was drafted 31st overall in 2008 by the Panthers and has yet to cement his role as starter. In fact, he had that opportunity this season after Florida chose to let Jose Theodore walk during the summer.

    How did that end up? Well they signed Tim Thomas who had essentially quit the Boston Bruins and hockey all of last year. Yikes.

    Markstrom, now with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, is at a crucial part of his career and you can bet GM Dave Tallon is scratching his head over his own mess. If Markstrom was ready, he'd be playing. That's the short of it.

    In contrast, Lack has slipped under the radar the past few seasons-- mostly due to a long-term hip injury that kept him out for all but 13 games last year with the Chicago Wolves.

    Today, he is Roberto Luongo's backup and has looked solid in all of his four starts for Vancouver this year. His technique is sound, his rebound control is manageable and he endeared himself to Canucks fans when he stood his ground and took a jab at a player who crashed his crease. Checkmarks across the board.

    At only 25 years old, there's still room for him to grow-- in terms of size and skill. But shooters can't ignore how big he looks between the pipes. Lack is listed at 6'5, 196 pounds. That's Pekka Rinne territory. Having a natural size advantage is always beneficial as long as you have speed to match-- and there's no lack of agility there.

    And it's not like Lack became Roberto's backup by default. The team had options. They even signed Joacim Eriksson this off-season to bring in more competition during training camp and he played quite well. But Lack played better.

    Beyond his position, Lack is a likable guy. He's funny, goofy, polite, speaks with a country-style Swedish accent and has his own dance move (seriously!). He genuinely seems to be enjoying his time in Vancouver and seems unfazed by the fact Roberto owns the crease in Vancouver for the rest of his playing days. Instead, he seems eager to learn from one of the game's best and is happy to fit in with a team that has a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.

    Not a bad career so far for a guy who was never supposed to play in the National Hockey League.

  6. canuck2xtreme
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    Fight or Farce?

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    Ray Emery continues his attack on a defenseless Braden Holtby.

    It should come as no surprise that Brian Burke would come to the defense of fighting in hockey, as he did in a column for USA Today last week. After all, this is a man who kept his rosters well stocked with 'truculence, pugnacity and belligerence' during his tenure as a GM in various cities. This is a man who called a press conference to lament having to send enforcer Colton Orr to the minors in January 2012. He's clearly a fan of the rough stuff. Burke's article lauded the good that fighting brings to the game, and he makes a pretty good case.

    Reduced to its simplest truth, fighting is one of the mechanisms that regulates the level of violence in our game. Players who break the rules are held accountable by other players. The instigator rule has reduced accountability. Eliminating fighting would render it extinct.

    It's not a perfect system. Not every fight is a good fight. Not every fighter is a perfect policeman. There are a small number of rats in the game who live outside the code. But our game is improved tremendously by players' ability to police the game. It makes it more exciting and honorable. It allows skill players to focus on the skilled aspects of the game because someone else can watch their back. And it fundamentally makes our game safer.

    It's an excellent article and you can read it in it's entirety here.

    However, any positive progress the pro-fighting camp in this debate may have hoped to gain from Burke's commentary was lost just over 5 minutes into the 3rd period of last night's Capitals-Flyers game. The Flyers antics during the 7-0 drubbing they received at the hands of the Ovechkin-less Caps were not only disgraceful, but flew in the face of Burke's commentary. With the score out of hand and a fight between Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds and Washington's Tom Wilson breaking out, Flyers goaltender Ray Emery left his crease and raced down the ice with one goal in mind: to fight Capitals netminder Braden Holtby. This is a staged fight in that it was premeditated. There was no other reason for Emery to head to the Washington zone at that point. Emery knew what he was doing, of that there is no debate. What's worse though, is that this was the worst kind of staged fight: one which one of the combatants wanted no part of. When Emery reaches Holtby, it's clear that Holtby has no interest in engaging with Emery. Emery admitted as much is his post game comments.

    "He didn't want to fight. I said basically 'Protect yourself' or whatever you know? He didn't really have much of a choice."

    How noble of you, Mr. Emery.

    Emery, a noted boxing enthusiast, rained blows down on a clearly over-matched Holtby, even as Holtby lost his footing and fell to the ice. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said after the game that he didn't have a problem with it, and Ray Emery was even named the games third star. His stat line for the night? 11 saves on 15 shots, a .733 save percentage in 22:47 of ice time. If it wasn't obvious from the 7-0 score that the Flyers were being outclassed last night, they went out of their way to prove it. The Flyers, and Ray Emery in particular, should be embarrassed by their actions.

    There was no code of honor here. No players 'policing' players. No provocation. No upholding of tradition, no retaliation for a dirty hit, no coming to the defense of a teammate.

    There was no excuse.

    So when the subject of fighting in the NHL comes under fire again (and it will); when NHL players around the league come to it's defense and speak of the purpose fighting serves in our game, remember that night in Philadelphia. Remember that the players brought this debate upon themselves with ridiculous displays like the one the Flyers put on last night. Just as a respected hockey man like Brian Burke comes to the defense of fighting in our game with concise thought and reason, the 'Broadstreet Bullies' took it upon themselves to serve up an emphatic counter-argument. Turns out the biggest blow Emery and the Flyers landed last night may have been to the subject of fighting itself.

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    What is happening!? AV for Tortorella, and now Schneider for a draft pick. A draft pick!

    I know that Horvat can and most likely will bring good to the team. But seriously, it was Schneider and we should have gotten more than a 9th overall pick. Because we need someone now, not in three-five years, now!

    I don't have anything against Tortorella, but I don't think he would fit in very well with the Canucks. He is an older fashioned coach that the elite players of our team wouldn't agree with. The Sedins, Kesler, Burrows... etc. who have all developed their own ways/styles will have a hard time agreeing with Tortorella's standards.

    But what is left to deal with. Suddenly Edler becomes the Canucks most attractive player ready for a trade.

    What is everyone's hopes now regarding what we can get in trades?

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    How refreshing is to to see hockey played with emotion allowed, when one team isn't afraid of saying something or doing anything to provoke the referees wrath? Watching the finals of Boston, Chicago is refreshing to watch. Two American teams with equal history, Bettman's dream come true. Is it mere chance though, that have brought these two teams together or the orchestration of hard work from the NHL finally paying dividends?

    Sadly, for the last two post-seasons the Canucks have been skating on thin ice, not knowing when they will fall in. Last year was a prime example. The first game against LA, Lapierre 6:50 in the second period a marginal call is made. Message sent. From that point on the Canucks didn't know what a penalty was and played much softer than LA, who were unafraid to play tough playoff hockey. On the other hand the Canucks weren't allowed to play tough hockey. The Sedin's seemed to be punished for playing out of character when they threw a body check. It didn't take long for the Canucks to fall to the kings in 5. Blamed mostly on not having Daniel in the lineup for the first few games of the series.

    The Series against the Shark's however, all doubt of favoritism was erased. Honestly how can anyone bet on hockey after watching that series. Fan's bet millions of dollars a year on hockey because they believe it's honest. And the ones that do betting are the NHL's biggest supporters that throw catch phrases like "Conspiracy Theory" out there to intimidate fans from being vocal about what they think is happening to the NHL. If they can't see what's happening they are choosing to be blind. The NHL looks more and more like Organized Crime than they do a Professional Hockey League!

    Anyone watching that series between the Sharks and the Canucks with a level head could see that the disparity between the reffing went beyond mere favoritism, it was CORRUPT!

    Over the last few years the Canucks have complained to the NHL about the horrible refereeing. It started with Burrows, and CBC did nothing to support it's only chance for Them and for Canada to win it's first Stanley Cup in decades. They threw Burrows under the bus. The reffing didn't improve, it got worse. Mike Gilles complained about the reffing, pleading to the media. He's not going to get anywhere talking to Bettman! It's HIS IDEA! Is it really that big of a mystery that since Garry Bettman has become commissioner No Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.? AV was the last straw. That completed the complaining Hat-Trick as it were. And we witnessed one on the most lop-sided reffing in hockey history since Canada vs USA 2002 Olympics in Utah, women's hockey finals. (worst reffing ever).

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    Sorry not sure where to post this. I hope canucks camp comes up with a new towel power color. White is for surrender (I know the history and with all due respect to Mr.Neilson). Please change the color to blue or green or maybe a mix of the two.

  7. Key songs:

    Goal Song - Gold on the Ceiling - Black Keys

    Player Entrance - map of the problematique - Muse

    Power Play song - Joker & The Thief - Wolfmother

    Doors

    Conjunction Junction - schoolhouse rock

    Black Magic Woman - Santana

    Hells Bells - Dandy Warhols

    A message to you Rudy - The Specials

    Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh

    Springtime in Vienna - The Tragically Hip

    Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon

    Warmup

    Runnin wild - Airbourne

    Mean streets - Van Halen

    N's in Paris - Jay Z and Kanye West

    Same old situation - Motley Crue

    Spirit of radio - Rush

    Pre game

    In the evening - Led Zeppelin

    Don't stop the party - Pitbull

    Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

    Sat nights alright

    1st

    If you want blood - AC/DC

    War - Edwin Starr

    Cold hard b**ch - Jet

    Little green bag - George Baker

    Sheena is a punk rocker - Ramones

    Good golly miss molly - Little Richard

    Love will keep us together - Captain & Tenille

    Eat the rich - Aerosmith

    Default - Django Django

    Low - Flo Rida

    1st INT

    Soul bossa nova - Quincy Jones

    Jealous again - The Black Crowes

    Stayin alive - Bee Gee's

    Levels - Aviici

    Chalkdust Torture - Phish

    Detroit Rock city - KISS

    2nd period

    Red Barchetta - Rush

    Dynamite - Flo Rida

    Jungle love - Morris Day & the time

    All down the line - Rolling Stones

    Know your enemy - Green Day

    Jungle boogie - Kool & the Gang

    Thrift shop - Macklemore

    I want you back - Jackson 5

    2nd int

    Brown sugar - Rolling Stones

    Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel

    Uprising - Muse

    Riff Raff - AC/DC

    We are here to make some noise - Armen Van Burren

    3rd period

    Saturday night - bay city rollers

    Rebel rebel - David Bowie

    Greyhound - skrillex

    Word up - Cameo

    You spin me round - Dead or Alive

    What's so funny 'bout Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello

    Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

    Papas got a brand new bag - James Brown

    My hero - Foo Fighters

    Come on - DJ Tiesto

    What I like about you - The Romantics

    Disco inferno - The Trammps

    Warriors of time - Black Tide

    Takin care of business - Bachman Turner Overdrive

    The whip - Locksley

    Walkout:

    Let the good times roll - Ray Charles

    Cheers (drink to that) - Rihanna

    Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

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    West

    1.Chicago BlackHawks

    2.Anaheim Ducks

    3.Vancouver Canucks

    4.LA Kings

    5. Minnesota Wild

    6.San Jose Sharks

    7.St.Louis Blues

    8.Detroit RedWings

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    9.Phoenix Coyotes

    10.Columbus BlueJackets

    11.Edmonton Oilers

    12.Nashville Predators

    13.Dallas Stars

    14.Calgary Flames

    15. Colorado Avalanche

    West Playoffs

    1.Chicago vs 8.Detroit : Chicago in 6-Better team more depth

    2.Anaheim vs 7.St.Louis: St.Louis in 7-Good defensive system can shut down the ducks

    3.Vancouver vs 6.San Jose: Vancouver in 6- Niemi is good, defense isn't.

    4.LA vs 5.Minnesota: LA in 5- LA is more physical and better defensively

    1.Chicago vs 7. St.Louis: Chicago in 6-Better team overall. goaltending is the only questionable part

    3.Vancouver vs 4.LA: LA in 7-Our team will still get bullied in the playoffs. LA is a bigger tougher grittier team. If reffing is still like this in the playoffs, we will loose

    1.Chicago vs 4.LA: LA in 7-LA has the better goal tending and are just a team that you need going into the playoffs. their stars are tough and their team wont take any crap from anyone. Sharp, Hossa, Kane all can get bullied and probably wont stand up for themselves. Brown, Carter, Kopitar will stand up for themselves.

    East Standings

    1.Pittsburgh Penguins

    2.Boston Bruins

    3.Washington Capitals

    4.Montreal Canadiens

    5.NYR

    6.Toronto Maple Leafs

    7.Ottawa Senators

    8.Philadelphia Flyers

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    9.New Jersey Devils

    10.NYI

    11.Winnipeg Jets

    12.Carolina Hurricanes

    13.Tampa Bay lightning

    14.Buffalo Sabers

    15.Florida Panthers

    East Playoffs

    1.Pittsburgh vs 8.Philadelphia: Pittsburgh in 5-Better team overall, Bryzgalov is going to get lit up

    2.Boston vs 7.Ottawa: Boston in 4-the sens have too many injuries and bruins are too tough

    3.Washington vs 6.Toronto: Toronto in 7- high scoring series leafs have a better defense.

    4.Montreal vs 5.NYR: NYR in 6- Rangers are going to be a force, i can feel it.

    1.Pittsburgh vs 6.Toronto: Pittsburgh in 5-they have a far better team when everyone is healthy.

    2.Boston vs 5.NYR: NYR in 7-NYR can match the bruins physically and have a great goalie better then rask

    1.Pittsburgh vs 5.NYR: NYR in 7-great offense vs good offense, good defense vs good defense. great goal tending vs good goal tending. the rangers win on the back of king Henrik

    STANLEY CUP FINALS

    4.LA KINGS VS 5.NEW YORK RANGERS

    game 1- LA wins 2-1

    game 2-NYR win 3-1

    game 3-NYR win 3-2 OT2

    game 4-LA wins 4-2

    game 5-NYR win 1-0 OT

    game 6-NYR win 3-1

    NEW YORK RANGERS ARE THE CUP CHAMPIONS

    -both teams are very similar. but the rangers have a team that can match the kings physicality, defense, offense and goaltending. I have a feeling diving will be called often in the playoffs and the Kings will loose because of it. LA is a damn good team when they get into their groove but the Rangers are finally put together in the right places and they are going to go on a role in the playoffs and win it all.

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    i know this is a bit off topic, but wouldn't it been true class and canadian heart if iginla accepted a trade to the sens, both alfredsson and iginla have been captain of their canadian teams for years, both have brought their teams to the stanley cup finals only to come short in the end, now that both their careers are winding down, i would of loved to see iginla help push the sens to the cup, and try to bring the stanley cup back to canada, yes unfortunatly he wasnt able to bring it the flames, but iginla on the sens, could of made dreams come true in canada, would of been sweeter to see the sedins on the same line as iginla too, but seeing how the flams n nucks are rivals in the same division, i would of had even more respect for iggy if he accepted a trade to the sens...

  8. Ryan Kesler may be injured for the remainder of the regular season. The trade market for Roberto Luongo has dried up as relative unknowns such as Ben Bishop and Ben Scrivens have performed at or above levels of the former Hart Trophy nominee across the NHL. Despite all the doom and gloom that surrounds the Vancouver Canucks, specifically from a vocal segment of their fan base, they remain at the top of their division which they can expect to win handily for the fifth consecutive year.

    The Canucks will make the playoffs. They will be labelled a “contender” in the Western Conference by all the pundits. They will have high expectations placed on them by fans, management and players alike justified by the skill level of the team and the success of the last several years. So why won’t this iteration of the Vancouver Canucks go on a run to the Stanley Cup Finals like the team from 1994 or 2011? An inability to score goals when it matters.

    The 2010-2011 Vancouver Canucks who won the President’s Trophy before going to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals led the NHL in goals per game in the regular season with 3.15. The Canucks from that year also had the league’s best power play during the regular season, capitalizing 24.4% of the time with the man advantage. For comparison this year’s Vancouver Canucks are currently ranked 15th in goals per game as well as being the 15th ranked team on the power play.

    So why does any of this matter? A key part of the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11 season was the ability to make teams pay for their mistakes when it mattered both in the playoffs and regular season. A key turning point of the series against the San Jose Shark during Western Conference Finals was during game 4 in San Jose when the Canucks scored 3 power play goals in the second period ultimately giving them a 3-1 stranglehold in the series and the ability to end the series in game 5 on home ice.

    This transformation from the offensive juggernaut of the league to a middle of the road team less than two years later is perplexing. Many of the key offensive players on the Canucks remain on the roster while complementary players such as Christian Ehrhoff and Mikael Sameulsson have departed through both free agency and trade. The absence of Ehrhoff has particularly affected the Canucks’ power play as none of his replacements have been able to make crisp, lateral passes with the speed or finesse that Ehrhoff brought to the power play.

    Some will be quick to point to a drop in Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s play in the last couple years as reasons why the Vancouver Canucks’ offensive prowess has diminished. In the face of such criticism the Sedins remain two of the most consistently productive forwards throughout the league. The true death knell of the Vancouver Canucks this season will be the secondary scoring and the power play. Mike Gillis, in his capacity as General Manager and witnessing the deficiencies of the team against the Boston Bruins in 2011, has made moves to address the Canucks’ toughness while at the same time having a younger roster. This, however, has changed the identity of the team into something different than what they were when made it to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins.

    Out are highly skilled players like Sami Salo, Christian Ehrhoff, and Mikael Samuelsson. In are younger, tougher players like David Booth, Zach Kassian, and Jason Garrison. The Vancouver Canucks as they are currently structured depend solely on the Sedins for offensive production. If the Sedins are contained then the Canucks are without hope. Fans saw this in 2011 against the Bruins and more recently last year against the Kings. At the end of the day we are looking at a franchise that spends more than any other on payroll but has to rely completely on two players with a combined cap hit of 12 million to produce.

    · All statistics included are of February 28th, 2013

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    Well we are five games into this shortage season and the critics, bashers and non believers are out in full force once again. I sometimes am baffled that these people can post on the actual Canucks site. Sure, the Canucks aren't 5-0 like some of their competing rivals, but is it really that big of a deal? We move into LA tonight facing a team that hasn't won at home yet and has a worse record than the Canucks. For some that may not know! LA are the Stanley Cup Champs. For a team that didn't have a lot of players playing overseas or in the AHL, I think we are doing quite well. Yesterdays loss was a great game even though they lost. I thought they were going to come back after it was 2-1 but then Lappy had a bad penatly and that was the end of the comeback. I like the big hits, fights and aggressive play much more this year than I saw of last. How often last year did you see Bieska lose his cool. Kassian is making Gillis look like a genius now with the Hodgson trade. How about one of the most bashed players the last few months? Mason Raymond . Why? This guys speed, puck control, and hard work, have him as one of the best players on the team in this early report. Sedins are a little rusty, but they'll get going. Garrison is a little gun shy and needs to start taking shots on the pp more. Less passing and more shots from the d with bodies in front. Tanev and Ballard have looked more solid than the first two pairings at times. Very happy to see that! I actually like Ballard a lot and hope he can have a great year. Others will bash me down, but the guy can hit, skate and score, not to mention drop the gloves if he needs too! Goalies are shaking out the rust, and need more smarter plays in front of the net by the d. Edler and Garrison both gave passes away in the first five minutes resulting in a 2-0 lead for the Sharks. Sounds bad, well it is, especially with the Sharks, maybe being the best team in the league right now. Hard to come back with that kind of lead.

    Andrew Ebbett has been satisfactory with his play and as a call up, that is what you hope to expect. The Canucks blogs have some serious bashers on Ebbett. Wish those people would look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves if they really have to write such terrible things about players or anyone.

    Look at these guys as normal dudes who you went to school with. Would you go on your local school community blog and say the things about them that you people write on here? Probably not! Wish a few people would just leave the blogging world or actually right some positives for once.

    Anyhow, back to the report

    Volpatti is a stud with some big fights, and I am quite excited with Hansen and the Speed of Weise. People bash Manny, but then look at the faceoffs percentage with him out of the lineup. Scary last night's game. Anyhow, I am giving the Canucks an overall B- for the first five games and am feeling that their A game is only a few games away. The Anaheim game was a great example of the possible A game that they do hold. I am hoping that last nights lost was due to an early start and some thinking about a rematch with the Stanley Cup Champs! Going to be one heck of a game. If the Canucks can kick some aez, it could be what they need to get them going on a streak like some of their rival teams. Well that is it for now in this report. See you all again!

    All the best to everyone in Canuck Land.

    Mr. C

  9. As a Canucks fan, I find today’s matchup against the Calgary Flames a terrifying prospect.

    Both teams come into this northwest division undercard tilt as so-far disappointments – moreso Vancouver considering their (topical) two-term President’s trophies – that really need a win to salvage their reputations as television entertainment. Given a cage match between the two opponents, I see Vancouver as a bruised tactician on their stepping-stone, gimme fight against a schizophrenic swing-for-the-fences fence builder...

    Read full entry @ Hash Mark Hax!

  10. If I was Mike Gillis and the season starts Jan 1st with a 48 game schedule, there are a few moves i would and wouldn't make

    1. I would not trade Luongo, at least not yet. With a 48 game schedule it will be condensed with teams playing 3-4 times per week and a good goalie tandem is needed to stay on top of the league. If Gillis were to trade Luongo now his value would be low because of him being pulled in the playoffs, but if Luongo is able to regain form and have a good regular season again his value would most likely go up. Then If at the trade deadline there are teams that feel they need better goal-tending to either 1)make the playoffs or 2) have better goal-tending in the playoffs to succeed, they will be more inclined to give up the necessary pieces to obtain him. and if Luongo refuses to waive his NTC until the end of the playoffs then so be it. a good goalie tandem is vital in the playoffs, and who knows maybe Luongo can overtake Schneider for the starting job like Tim Thomas did in 2010-2011, he has the ability to do so. i believe in him, plus i dont want to give up on Lu.I would not be comfortable with Lack as our backup because he isnt really doing all that great in the AHL right now and needs to work on his consistency.

    2. keep the AHL players in the AHL. Kassian, Tanev, Lack and the PROSPECTS in the minors(Ebbett and depth players get called up for depth) unless our team get injured and needs those guys up. bringing them up now to play bottom minutes is detrimental to their development.if Kassian is playing top 6 min in the AHL getting lots of confidence, then we bring him up for 4th line min in the NHL he loses that confidence and makes him far less effective. same goes with Tanev, except he would get far more playing time than Kassian.

    3. Don't trade away depth players for picks or prospects. with a shortened season injures will be far more important to deal with, and could be the difference between making the playoffs or not. so just because you hate Raymond and dont feel hes good doesnt mean he should be traded for a 2nd rounder. If Higgins goes down injured we have Raymond and Hansen ready to fill in on that position. if Booth and Higgins gets injured we have Hansen, Raymond and Ebbett ready to fill in the depth chart. big No No in a shortened season.

    4. Sign depth players for maximum 2 year to increase our depth. just some ideas, not signing all of them

    -Jim Vandermeer 1 year @ $800 000; he has expressed interest in the canucks and could be a good depth guy in-case of injuries

    -Kristian Huselius 1 year @ 2mill; high risk, high reward player. if he stays healthy he could be a very good top 6 player, if not he is off our books after a shortened season anyways.

    -Jason Arnott 1 years @ 2.2mill; both the Canucks and Arnott expressed interest in each-other and he could be a great 3rd line center, with leadership and gritt.

    -Gilbert Brule 2 years @ 900 000per, 2-way contract; another high risk high reward player. if he can get back the magic he once had maybe he could become a top tier talent like others in his draft class. if not he can be used as and Ebbett type player

    Final Roster outline

    FORWARDS

    Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m)

    Kristian Huselius ($2.000m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / David Booth ($4.250m)

    Chris Higgins ($1.900m) / Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m) / Mason Raymond ($2.275m)

    Andrew Ebbett ($0.600m) / Manny Malhotra ($2.500m) / Jannik Hansen ($1.350m)

    Aaron Volpatti ($0.600m) / Dale Weise ($0.615m)

    DEFENSEMEN

    Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m) / Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m)

    Jason Garrison ($4.600m) / Alexander Edler ($3.250m)

    Keith Ballard ($4.200m) / Jim Vandermeer ($0.800m)

    Andrew Alberts ($1.225m) /

    GOALTENDERS

    Cory Schneider ($4.000m)

    Roberto Luongo ($5.333m)

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    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)

    (these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)

    SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $68,798,333; BONUSES: $0

    CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $1,401,667

    then after that season we have these contracts coming off the books, leaving us with a lot of money to resign Edler, Higgins, Lapierre, Malholtra and others that earned a spot on the roster.

    Mason Raymond ($2.275m)

    Manny Malhotra ($2.500m)

    Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m)

    Chris Higgins ($1.900m)

    Kristian Huselius ($2.000m)

    Dale Weise ($0.615m)

    Aaron Volpatti ($0.600m)

    Andrew Ebbett ($0.600m)

    Andrew Alberts ($1.225m)

    Alexander Edler ($3.250m)

    Jim Vandermeer ($0.800m)

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    Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

    When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

    He then asked the students if the jar was full.

    They agreed that it was.

    The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

    The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

    He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

    They agreed it was.

    The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

    Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

    He asked once more if the jar was full.

    The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

    The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

    The students laughed..

    'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

    The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

    The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

    The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

    'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

    The same goes for life.

    If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

    Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

    Spend time with your children.

    Spend time with your parents.

    Visit with grandparents.

    Take time to get medical checkups.

    Take your spouse out to dinner.

    Play another 18.

    There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

    Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.

    Set your priorities.

    The rest is just sand.

    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.

    The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

    The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

  11. There seems to be a lot of misinformation floating around about the CBA negotiation and related terms. I'm not an expert by any stretch nor do I intend to represent myself as such. However, I do absolutely believe that it is in our best interest as fans to be properly informed if we have even the slimmest of chance of someone listening to our opinion. So below you will hopefully find some useful information to help inform your opinion.

    To the best of my knowledge, all of this information is correct. But please feel free to not take my word for anything and do some research yourself. Only by educating ourselves can we possibly hope to have an intelligent voice!

    FACT: The NHL does NOT own the Stanley Cup.

    It was given to Canada as a gift from Lord Stanley, a former Governor General of Canada. It remains the property of Canada but under the control of a pair of appointed Trustees. They signed an agreement to make it exclusively available to the NHL (despite the fact that doing so actually contradicted the reason for the Cup to begin with, which was to be awarded to the best amateur hockey team) in 1947. However, a lawsuit during the 2005 lockout resulted in a settlement that said the Trustees overstepped their bounds making such an arrangement and that if the NHL does not operate for a year the Cup may be awarded to another league. While they have said that the 2006 settlement does not obligate them to offer it to another league and they are unlikely to do so even during a lockout, any extended NHL lockout could result in another lawsuit that could easily result in the Cup being offered to another league.

    Resources: http://en.wikipedia....iki/Stanley_Cup

    http://fullcomment.n...ong-to-the-nhl/

    FACT: HRR is NOT "all hockey related revenue."

    HRR is a legal term, not a common sense one. "Hockey related revenue" sounds like it means any revenue relating to hockey but in reality it was limited to certain types of revenue (such as game tickets, TV deals, rink advertising, merchandising, etc.) minus certain types of deductions (such as concessions, parking, advertising, arena upkeep, etc.) The exact types of revenue to be included and the exact types of deductions (as well as limits on those deductions) were defined in the last CBA and agreed to by both sides.

    It is fair to note that the allowed deductions did not cover all of the costs, particularly as costs continued to grow, although what percentage of actual costs they represented we don't know.

    FACT: Teams self reported HRR and were NOT audited.

    At the end of a season each team was required to fill out a HRR Reporting Package. It was not anything like an audit but rather more like filling out simple tax forms. It included boxes for HRR-included revenue and allowed deductions. These forms were given to an independent accountant (paid for equally by the NHL and NHLPA) by a set date. (Teams that were late turning in these forms could be fined.) The accountant added them together, took off a few more agreed upon deductions at the league level (but did not add any additional revenue, as NHL revenue, such as from franchise expansion or relocation fees, was not included in HRR) and from that came up with what is known as "final HRR." That is the final amount of league wide included revenue minus the allowed deductions. The players' share percentage was determined from the final HRR number.

    FACT: Players did NOT get 57% of all revenue.

    As agreed to by both sides in the last CBA, the players' share increased as revenue increased. In the first year (2005) of the last CBA, players' share was 54% of HRR and escalated to 57% in the final year.

    As stated above, not all revenue is included in HRR and then some deductions are taken off before the players' share was determined from the final HRR number. So, in reality players got a percentage of a portion of revenue.

    Additionally, it is fair to note that teams were only required to spend to the salary cap floor. The cap floor was intended to ensure a certain amount of revenue was spent on players' salaries in accordance with their HRR share percentage. The cap ceiling was intended to limit how much the players could get. It was entirely up to the individual teams to decide how much they spent within the cap limit.

    FACT: Escrow payments are delayed salary, NOT additional payments.

    As agreed in the last CBA, the cap for a season was determined based on a projection based on the revenue from the previous season. However, sometimes the reality was different from what was projected. In recognition of that fact, a portion of every player's salary was held back in an escrow account. (The actual percentage held back was the result of a complicated equation I do not even hope to understand.) At the end of each season an independent account determined the final HRR number and from that number determined what the players' actual share for that season should have been. It was then determined, given what was actually paid when compared to what the players' actual share was that year, who was owed money from the escrow accounts and in what amount.

    In the event that owners had paid under the players' share of final HRR, all money in the escrow accounts was released to the players.

    In the event that the owners had paid over the players' share of final HRR, a portion (up to all) of the money in the escrow accounts was refunded to the owners in the amount that they overpaid league wide and the rest (if any) was released to the players. So, for example, if the owners collectively spent 58% of final HRR on salaries in the final year of the last CBA, 1% of all the escrow accounts was returned to the owners and the rest of the money was released to the players.

    FACT: Players are NOT simply employees.

    Players are employees of their individual team, but they are also the team's product. If hockey were the product, minor league games would cost as much as NHL games.

    The reality is players generate revenue not just through playing hockey but also by their names and faces being used in merchandising. A significant portion of every team's revenue comes from merchandise. Yes, teams make big bucks by overcharging for jerseys, but they make even more by charging huge markups for $2 worth of lettering to get a player's name and number on the back.

    FACT: Players can NOT be easily replaced.

    Five years from now, iPods may be considered as outdated as the Walk Man. (If you don't know what that is, ask your mom or dad. Or grandma.) Today however, iPods create a significant amount of revenue for Apple. NHL players are similar. Over time, players will be replaced as age or injury ends their career, but the big name players of today are what is generating the most revenue for their teams today. New players are peppered into the league a few at a time to allow them to develop into big name stars, replacing the former big name players as they retire, while the current big name stars are still generating big revenues for their teams. This provides a relatively constant (or even improving) level of talent in the league and ensures a relatively constant (or increasing) amount of revenue generation.

    FACT: Owners can NOT be easily replaced.

    Owning a NHL franchise is hardly a quick path to riches and owners certainly know that going in. Many would argue it's a terrible investment outside of a couple of teams that regularly make big profits despite dismal performance. Obviously, owners must buy into franchises for other reasons (i.e. love of the sport, being able to say they own the local sports team, etc.)

    We have no way of knowing how many people have the ability and desire to buy a NHL franchise. We do know no one seems to want Phoenix, so there can't be that many billionaires beating down the NHL's door. (Although to be fair, what smart business owner does want an ice hockey team in the desert?)

    FACT: The NHL is NOT losing money on the whole.

    • Prior to the 2004-05 lockout, the average NHL franchise was worth $163.3 million.
    • According to Forbes, the average NHL franchise is valued at $239.83 million, based on the numbers generated from the 2010-2011 season. This means that the average NHL franchise has increased nearly 47% in seven years. This appreciation has easily outpaced the rate of inflation ($1 of 2003 dollars is worth about $1.20 now).
    • Prior to the 2004-05 lockout taking place, the average NHL team was bringing in $74.6 million/year in revenues, for a total of $2.24 billion.
    • In the 2010-11 season, the average NHL team took in $103.5 million in revenues, for a total of $3.1 billion.
    • According to Forbes, the average NHL team posted a net operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of -$3.2 million during the 2003-04 season. According to Forbes, NHL teams lost a total of $96 million during the 2003-04 season.
    • According to Forbes, the average NHL team made $4.29 million last year, for a total of $128.8 million in total net operating income.

    Source: http://www.davemanue...05-lockout-135/

    FACT: Increased team revenue sharing will make most franchises profitable.

    Team revenue sharing is standard in professional sports. It is used successfully in every other major sports league in North America in recognition of the fact that franchises need other franchises for their team to play against in order to generate revenue.

    Team revenue sharing was introduced in the NHL during the last CBA. Under the last CBA, "Revenue sharing will see the top ten money-making teams contribute to a pool to be distributed among the bottom 15 teams. Teams in markets with more than 2.5 million television households cannot qualify for revenue sharing. That excludes the Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Blackhawks, Mighty Ducks and Kings." (Source: http://proicehockey...._cap_expl_2.htm)

    Under the NHL's proposed expansion (assuming it doesn't change from their last proposal), as before 6% of actual HRR revenue (for a projected 200 M in the first year) would be shared among the lower teams, with 50% of that revenue coming from the top 10 revenue generating teams. However, limitations relating to market size and percentage of tickets sold would be removed. (It is important to note that after taking over the Phoenix franchise, the NHL allowed that franchise alone to get the "full share" revenue share check despite not meeting the eligibility requirements other teams were forced to meet. That was not popular among some owners and may be the main reason for the change in the NHL's stance this time.)

    Lowered restrictions mean teams that reported a 2011 loss but weren't eligible for the revenue sharing, like Anaheim (-8.4 M), Dallas (-1.1 M), Los Angeles (-2 M), New Jersey (-6.1 M), NY Islanders (-8.1 M), and San Jose (-7.8 M) to name a few, will be eligible and likely get more than enough to make them profitable.

    In previous years, a "full share" was $10 M. According to Forbes, 17 teams reported a loss last year. Of those, only 2 reported a loss of more than $10 M. If the projected 200 M (at 6% actual HRR) was shared equally among all 17 teams that reported losing money in 2011, each team would receive $11.76 M. That should make all but 2 teams profitable.

    In fairness, I don't know if the Forbes numbers include any offset of loss for teams that were eligible and received the team revenue sharing subsidy because the NHL is not very forthright in sharing their financial information. Even if that is the case, however, the fact that so many teams were ineligible before but would be under the proposed agreement still indicates that most franchises would be made profitable by the expanded team revenue sharing even without any additional cost cutting measures.

    FACT: The NHL and NHLPA are fighting over money we have not yet given them.

    This may be the most important fact of all for fans. The money we've already given them, their actual earned revenue, is already spent and gone. It's already been split according to the last CBA. What they are fighting about now is how to divide up the money we have yet to give them based on what they project and expect to get.

    The reality of what they will actually get remains up to us.

    Only by using our collective power as their source of revenue can we hope to remind both the NHL and players that without us there would be no money to fight over, so they should keep fans in mind the next time they are contemplating a work stoppage of any kind.