Dec
07

Insanity in the Nation’s Capital: Is Jayson “Werth” $126 Million?

A lot of money was spent in Washington on Sunday, just not in the typical way. Admittedly, I haven’t done a great job on posting here in recent months. But sometimes a story will come along that screams out to me, and I feel obligated to write about it. The signing of Jayson Werth to…
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Jul
22

REJECTED: The NHL Takes a Stand

Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk was unarguably the biggest fish available in the National Hockey League’s free agent sea this offseason. He is only 27 years old and has scored 40 or more goals in each season since the NHL lockout in 2004-05. Whatever club he signed with was likely to see an offensive boom for the coming…
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May
17

Andrey Kuchin: The ‘Steel’ of the 2010 NHL Draft?

With the 2010 NHL Entry Draft quickly approaching, most teams, media outlets, and hockey fans have their attention focused on who will be the #1 overall selection in Los Angeles this June.  Sure, trying to figure out whether Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler, or Tyler Seguin will be the first name called presents an interesting debate.…
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Feb
24

Should the NHL go to Sochi?

I am in Vancouver, BC having the time of my life at the 2010 Winter Olympics. I’ve seen two hockey games so far, including Canada’s tension filled 3-2 shootout victory against the Swiss last Thursday. It was quite the environment to be in, and was by far the best sporting event I’ve ever attended. The…
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Feb
03

Brian Burke Does It Again

Brian Burke

I met Brian Burke at a sports law and management conference in November 2008, just days before he took over the reins as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I talk about that conference a lot because it truly was one of the most interesting experiences of my life. He’s always been someone I’ve…
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Jan
25

What Will Become of Kovalchuk?

Ilya Kovalchuk

I have been lax with the articles lately, but there is one topic in the NHL world that has been staying close to the surface for some time now. Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers is in the final year of a 5 year, $32 million contract that was signed in October 2005 and will…
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Sep
04

Bobby Lu’s New Deal

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save against a shot by the San Jose Sharks during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Roberto Luongo is the latest National Hockey League player to join the “decade deal” club. This Wednesday, Luongo agreed to a 12 year, $64 million contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks. Luongo is arguably the top goaltender in the NHL at the moment. Luongo will make $7.5 million during the upcoming season, the last of…
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Sep
04

Where Does the NHLPA Go From Here?

paul kelly

I don’t know if this news has been getting much play in the United States, but it is certainly making headlines here in Canada. Early Monday morning at a hotel in Chicago, the National Hockey League Players’ Association fired its Executive Director, Paul Kelly, after a little less than two years on the job. Kelly…
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Aug
19

The Cost of Representing Your Country

Olympic training camps recently began for many hockey-playing nations. However, the chatter surrounding these camps kicked into high-gear a few weeks ago, via Twitter no less. Allan Walsh, a player agent who represents Martin Havlat among others, reported through his account that any player who was injured while participating in an Olympic training camp would…
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Aug
07

What Exactly is the “Spirit of the CBA”?

Chris Pronger

In June, I wrote an article describing the future implications of the “decade deal” as I called it, on the National Hockey League. A player typically signs a deal longer than ten years for tens of millions of dollars. There are elements of risk and reward for each side. The team gets the player signed…
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