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About MikeBossy

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  1. Always loved Ballard - unlike AV Especially when he did things like this: https://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/106635
  2. I think people need to realize - COVID hasn't gone anywhere. The fact we are socially distancing and many of us wear masks and use hand sanitizer etc has made a big impact. As someone else who lives in the Edmonton area things have not been all rosy - we have had several restaurants shut down due to positive cases here. As good as it would be for the local economy the fact is I don't see NHL resuming anytime soon - look at St Louis already.
  3. So I have to ask - will all the employees of the hotel etc being staying in the bubble in Edmonton - you can protect the players and your families all you like by having them stay in the so-called bubble but if employees of the various employers involved are allowed to roam the city how exactly do you prevent an out break.
  4. The Alberta government here did a free mask distribution using McDonald's, Tim's and A/W - they had 20 million one time use masks available and a limit of 1 package per household. Guess what happened. The employees at the outlets handed out packs of them at a time - did not follow the limiting guidelines. I think they should have distributed re-usable masks. Its funny because none of my Conservative friends have berated this waste of tax payer money but if that "kid" in Ottawa did this they would be up in arms.
  5. Its not a bad thing if the snag was that health officials wanted stringent quarantine rules - there's a reason BC has done such a great job with COVID - nice to see they are putting health concerns before $$$$ - not sure Kenney here in Alberta cares about public health as much as the almighty dollar and if Edmonton is chosen it will likely be because they gave in on health concerns and testing and not because its a more attractive bid as from what I have read Edmonton does not have the hotels Vancouver has. However with the economy in the toilet the old UCP will do whatever it takes - including sacrificing public health to get some much needed economic boost to the province.
  6. Absolutely - as I am thinking the only reason possible McDavid was nominated is due to his injury - the fact he is still alive speaks to the perseverance Bouwmeester has shown.
  7. Is he ever - that punch -WOW!!!!!
  8. 100% agree and meaning no disrespect to Amanda as she is so far ahead of the other female fighters. Case in point look at the men's bantamweight division - that's one stacked division. Women's division just doesn't have the depth yet.
  9. https://news.sky.com/story/trump-suggests-george-floyd-is-happy-about-us-jobs-numbers-hopefully-hes-looking-down-12001192 This idiot - he does know George Floyd is dead right?
  10. Might be one of the biggest free agency signings this year :D Always nice to have experienced announcers call games
  11. Wasn't being a dick - meant to include the article the first time with the link https://www.tsn.ca/ltir-a-lingering-issue-in-cba-negotiations-1.1345265 n Sept. 1, the National Hockey League can choose to opt out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). If the league passes on the opportunity, the players have their shot at exercising the right to opt out on Sept. 19. Both parties have talked about labour peace and preserving the components of the current CBA that work, but it’s obvious there are a number of major issues the parties will have to work through in order to avoid a third lockout in 15 years. The primary focus will concern the definition of hockey-related revenue. During the last round of negotiations, we saw a number of changes on that front. Those included (but aren’t limited to) an even split of hockey-related revenue (down from 57 per cent in the prior arrangement), a reduction in maximum contract length, and a cap on salary variance year-to-year through the life of a contract. While escrow and the definition of hockey-related revenue (including how hockey-related revenue is split among constituents) will consume most of the dialogue during these talks, CBA negotiations offer opportunities to correct or mitigate loophole effects introduced from prior agreements. I noted two of those above. Minimizing contract length and capping salary variance had wide-ranging effects, but one of the primary objectives of both was to ensure that all contracts between players and teams were signed in good faith. (Remember Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year deal? Kovalchuk would still have eight years left with New Jersey if the league hadn’t vetoed it.) This round of negotiations will likely address a number of new issues. The most prominent will concern signing bonuses. Signing bonuses were introduced as a carrot of sorts to players, but front offices and players have quickly realized their utility. Players love signing bonuses for a variety of reasons – they make contracts much more difficult to buy out, they tend to be paid out in lump sums on given calendar dates over the course of the year, are required to be paid out in the event the league shuts its doors (unlike straight salary), and have more favourable tax implications. As players search for more signing-bonus money, more of a divide cuts through the big-market (cash-rich) and small-market (cash-poor) teams. It’s a real issue, and one we will surely hear about as negotiations ramp up. The signing bonus issue has been talked about in the public domain for quite some time now, but there has been far less discussion about how long-term injured reserve (LTIR) has also had a circumventing effect on the league’s intentions with the CBA. The point of the LTIR clause (Article 50.10-50.10) was to offer relief in the event a player on a club became unfit to play for at least 24 calendar days and 10 NHL regular season games. The spirit of the clause is to offer teams a degree of temporary relief when an unexpected injury occurs. But as more and more teams catch on to the gaps in the current CBA, we see more strategic player acquisition. Consider the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators for a moment. The Leafs are a serious contender and are pressed against the salary cap this summer. That led to some initial confusion when the team traded for David Clarkson’s $5.2-million contract on July 23 – the same Clarkson who hasn’t played a game since the 2015-16 season. Clarkson’s contract is a paper one only, and has been for some time. But acquiring the large contract actually gave Toronto more space and flexibility. Leafs Nation’s brief explainer is worth noting here: “Depending on your projection of the opening day roster prior to the trade, the Leafs had roughly $9.5m to sign Mitch Marner. The problem was that if Marner wasn’t signed by Oct. 2, the Leafs would have no way to manoeuvre any closer to the cap than ~$3.5m, meaning they could not properly utilize LTIR and get full relief for Horton. This undercut the Leafs’ leverage, as they had to get a deal done by the end of training camp.” It’s worth mentioning that the only way Toronto was able to disentangle themselves from Clarkson’s contract in the first place was to take on Nathan Horton’s deal from Columbus. At the time of that trade, Toronto never had any belief that Horton would ever play for the team. The trade was entirely about acquiring a paper asset that would allow the team to exceed the salary cap by millions because of an injury that happened to Horton in April of 2014 – nearly a full year prior to the trade’s completion. On the other end of the spectrum are the Senators, a team barreling towards the lowest degree of financial commitment available. After acquiring Ryan Callahan from the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this week – the same Callahan who has all but confirmed his retirement from the league due to injury – the Senators have a whopping $15.3-million in LTIR. Depending on where RFA Colin White comes in, that LTIR number will be about half of what they are spending on their entire forward group and 20 per cent more than their entire defensive group to open the 2019-20 season. Though their motivations couldn’t be more different, both teams are stretching the limit of what the CBA is meant to allow for relief. To briefly summarize how discrepant this is, look at our opening night forecast of salary and cap obligations for the Ontario clubs: For a league that prides itself in carrying 31 competitive NHL franchises with very restrictive salary cap rules relative to their North American counterparts, I think it’s fair to say that none of Gary Bettman, Bill Daly or Donald Fehr had this in mind. Heading into the 2019-20 season, there is already about $50-million in LTIR money hanging around the league, with three teams (the aforementioned Toronto and Ottawa, as well as Detroit) carrying more than $10-million in injured money on the active roster. That number will increase as we inch closer to training camp. Relative to the amount of money tied up in signing bonuses, LTIR seems immaterial. But it still seems bad faith in the context of what the CBA was really trying to accomplish, particularly when we see players with no chance of returning to hockey being traded. Unless the parties get in front of this issue, we will continue to see cap trickery on this front. This was why I was posting about this - if this is a way to circumvent the cap why isn't it penalized like Luongo's contract was?
  12. Not according to the TSN article t’s almost time for Toronto Maple Leafs salary cap wizard Brandon Pridham to work his magic again. Every penny will count for the Leafs, who will be feeling the cap crunch this off-season with hockey’s loss of revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic likely to keep the cap flat at $81.5 million. Toronto’s 2020-21 roster has already begun to take shape with inexpensive additions in Russian forward Alexander Barabanov and Finnish defenceman Mikko Lehtonen. Plus rookie winger Nick Robertson could win a job up front with his scoring touch and entry-level salary. Yes, the contracts of Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci will come off the books. But the Leafs are also losing two critical pieces of their salary cap puzzle in Nathan Horton and David Clarkson. A Shakespearean tragedy could be written about those two star-crossed free-agent signings, both inked on July 5, 2013. They combined to play just 180 out of a possible 1,148 games over those total 14 contract years, with nearly 1,000 games on the injury list. Their contracts were been traded for each other, then Clarkson’s deal was later dealt to Vegas, before coming back to the Leafs in 2019 because Pridham could use it to Toronto’s advantage. The Maple Leafs flexed their financial muscle in a weight class all of their own this season. They spent more than $113 million in NHL salary alone, according to CapFriendly.com. No other NHL team was close to nine figures; only six others broke $90 million. Much of that was due to the enormous signing bonuses paid out to Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and John Tavares – the top three individual salaries in the league in 2019-20. They are also still paying 15 per cent of Phil Kessel’s salary for the next two seasons. But the Leafs actual full-season cap hits still amounted to north of $95 million, well above the $81.5 million cap. A big reason why the Maple Leafs were able to remain cap compliant was the long-term injury flexibility provided by Horton’s ($5.3 million) and Clarkson’s ($5.25 million) cap hits. By inching as close to the $81.5 million cap as possible – Pridham got them within $11,000 on the eve of the season – the Leafs were then allowed to exceed the cap by an amount equal to the nearly the full combined $10.55 million cap hits of those two long-injured players. That flexibility grew when Ilya Mikheyev and Andreas Johnsson went down with injuries and even allowed the Leafs to essentially purchase a 5th-round pick from Vegas to retain a portion of Robin Lehner’s salary ($249,000) on trade deadline day. Now, with Horton and Clarkson mercifully sliding into the sunset, the Leafs will likely be on the hunt for replacement LTIR contracts to enjoy the same cap benefits
  13. I think what frustrates many of us is they penalize teams for back diving contracts yet the Leafs continue to use this loop hole: https://www.tsn.ca/expect-the-toronto-maple-leafs-to-hunt-for-more-ltir-contracts-1.1475747
  14. Man that is one of the most dominant fights I have ever seen - props to Justin - WOW!!