How Will the Jack Eichel Situation Affect the Next CBA?
The whole Jack Eichel situation has been the focus of hockey headlines for the past few months. With the way it has played out, will it change future CBA negotiations regarding how player bodies are handled after injuries?
The Pros and Cons of Matching Jesperi Kotkaniemi's Offer Sheet
The Carolina Hurricanes have put the Montreal Canadiens in a bind. Should they shell out $6.1 million to retain their No. 2 center or take the draft-pick compensation instead?
Maple Leafs' Spezza Would Take Less Money if he Could
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza signed a one-year deal at the NHL minimum salary of $750,000. The veteran says all he cares about is winning and would take less money if he could. Spezza is on his third consecutive one-year contract with Toronto.
The Hockey News Podcast: Does the NHL Have a Cap Circumvention Problem?
Does the CBA need a tweak when teams like Tampa can manipulate LTIR to their advantage? Which team is under the most pressure to win in Round 1? And more.
Will the rising cost of NHL contracts have a negative impact on the league?
With the current asking prices of NHL players, what impact will these huge contracts have on the growth of the NHL in the future?
Did the players hand Gary Bettman a victory even before the battle began?
When the NHL Players’ Association declined to reopen the collective bargaining agreement, they didn’t just guarantee uninterrupted NHL hockey until 2022. They essentially set the stage for a CBA extension that could go until 2025 or 2026 and may have secured labor peace forever.
Why aren't ideas like a soft salary cap discussed more often?
In the league where revenue and TV ratings are so dependant on large market success, why aren’t ideas like a soft salary cap or luxury tax discussed more often?
Players' obsession with escrow will lead to a new deal and another win for the owners. Here's how
There's greater hope than ever for labor peace in the NHL and the path to avoiding another lockout could be as clear as addressing escrow payments, even if it might result in a victory for franchise owners long term.
NHL decision could help pave the way to labor peace until 2025
The NHL declined its option to reopen the current collective bargaining agreement, and all indications are the league and the NHLPA will extend the players' Sept. 15 deadline as both parties work towards labor peace.
The Hockey News Podcast: Why are so many restricted free agents still unsigned?
When will the RFAs start signing their extensions? Has Patrik Laine played his last game as a Jet? And more.
The Hockey News Podcast: Do Leafs have more trades coming after getting Muzzin?
Will Kyle Dubas pursue additional trade upgrades in an all-out Stanley Cup push? How close are we to seeing a female NHLer? And more.
Ask Me Anything: Will Penguins make aggressive upgrades at the trade deadline?
Does GM Jim Rutherford have another splashy move up his sleeve? Will we see NHLers at the 2022 Olympics? Which arena has the best press food? And more.
The Last Word: Contract term limits will be big issue in upcoming CBA negotiations
Watching how contracts are structured lately makes us realize players are getting ready for another work stoppage, either in 2020 or 2022. Term limits will be an issue.
NHL GMs wisely won't recommend changes to concussion protocol for goalies
The concussion protocol will remain status quo in an effort to protect players, especially goalies, from themselves.
The NHL needs more 'Blue Sky' thinking when it comes to rule changes, but won't get it
NHL players are better than they've ever been but the on-ice product is less entertaining than ever. The league needs to start thinking outside the box for solutions.
THN Roundtable: What rule change would you like to see adopted next season?
While NHL GMs meet in Florida to discuss some potential rule changes, we have some suggestions of our own on how to improve the game.
The longer NHL waits to make Olympic decision, the better it looks for Pyeongchang
No news is good news when it comes to Olympic participation. Odds are master negotiator Gary Bettman is holding out for a better deal from the IOC.
New streamlined goalie pants get mixed reviews from all-stars
Some of the best goalies in the league are already wearing the new equipment without issue, but others, if nothing else, don't like that the change is being mandated mid-season.
Bye week was supposed to refresh and relax, but it's causing injuries and taking practice time
The NHL got 3-on-3 overtime in the All-Star Game in return for a bye week for each team, a scheme that has caused havoc with the schedule this season.
Don't expect players to accept NHL's Olympic olive branch
Do the players want to play in the Olympics? Absolutely. Are they willing to give up three years of CBA control to do it? Not a chance.
McLellan tirade and punishment wade into murky area
Oilers' coach wanted to establish accountability and close the country club, but did he go about it the right way?
Flames would be wise to ink Johnny Gaudreau to $8-million deal right now
If the Flames sign their young sniper to an $8-million per year deal now, they may end up getting him for a bargain.
Down Goes Brown: Five times an arbitrator made NHL history
NHL arbitrators aren't getting much work this summer, but that wasn't always the case. Here's a look back on five times in NHL history that an arbitrator got the chance to bask in the spotlight.
Tyson Barrie could be only arbitration case to go the distance
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie was the only player who filed for arbitration to actually have his case heard. The arbitrator has until Sunday afternoon to render a decision, but the two sides can keep talking.