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Less than a month until the season!
September 7, 2012 | View Comments
As the calender flips to September, I've got an overwhelming sense of excitement with hockey on the horizon (at least in the ECHL). How about you??
On Thursday (Sept 6), the Clones added two more players to the 2012-13 roster...one of which was Cincy's best rookie from a year-ago. Matt Sisca will look to build upon a banner-year, where he was among first-year leaders in scoring. Jared Gomes, meanwhile, joins the pro ranks after playing his collegiate hockey in Canada. He comes highly regarded and shows some great promise at center. With those two names added to the "Big Board," here's what the Clones roster looks like as of today:
None signed yet...but expect to see one assigned from each affiliate (even with the NHL lockout looming).
Despite being in a "recess," the NHL and NHLPA met today to have "informal" discussion....the CBA expires on September 15.
ESPN's Scott Burnside wrote a great piece today about the NHL lockout...."In spite of Friday's disappointing turn of events, it still seems there are lots of ways to get a deal done, if the will is there. It wouldn't necessarily be right, but isn't it high time to move beyond that simple question?"
One year later...A year ago today, the hockey world experienced one of its darkest days when a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team crashed after failing to gain altitude on takeoff from the Yaroslavl airport in Russia. Forty-three passengers were killed that day, and one player, Alexander Galimov, died later in hospital. There was only one survivor, the flight engineer. Among those killed were former NHL players Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Josef Vasicek, Karlis Skrastins, Karel Rachunek, Alexander Karpotsev, Igor Korolev, and the head coach of the team, Brad McCrimmon.
An interesting take on the "New NHL"...if the Sporting News had a say....
What NHL players are saying as the lockout approaches...
"It's how we earn a living for our families. Whether it's Sept. 15, Sept. 21, Oct. 10—whatever the date is—we still have to be ready. And you can't do that sitting around doing nothing ... The players are united. That's something that's completely different than it was last time" — Matt Cooke, Penguins forward
Henrik Lundqvist says the owner should work out their own problems. (AP Photo) “Maybe (owners) need to spread (revenue) better. It should be up to the owners more than the players because the money is coming in ... Nobody is looking to get more money. We want a deal where both sides feel good. We need to figure out how to get all the teams to show a good result.” Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers goalie
“Six, seven years ago, the owners’ whole pitch to the public was that they were going to lower ticket prices and that’s why they needed a salary cap. I think we’ve seen that ticket prices haven’t gone down. Fans, this time around, are realizing that it is a business. Hopefully, they realize we’re just looking for a fair deal ... We want to work through this as soon as possible. If the waiting game is the strategy of the way the owners want to go about things, then I guess we’ll be waiting as well.” — Matt Stajan, Flames forward
“When (playing hockey) gets taken away from you and the first word you hear is lockout, it’s definitely disappointing. I don’t think frustration is the right word. Guys are hopeful. Like I said, it should be an exciting time. You want to be on the ice throwing on that jersey and competing." — Mike Komisarek, Maple Leafs defenseman