NHL Blog Beat – March 26, 2012.

Fallout from Duncan Keith’s suspension, a look at some potential CBA changes, Jay Bouwmeester’s tragic playoff tale, Ryan Johansen’s future, Magnus Paajarvi’s sophomore slump, and Absurd Goalie Monday.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin considers Duncan Keith’s five-game suspension for injuring Daniel Sedin with a blindside elbow the worst decision yet by league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, believing Keith should’ve received a stiffer suspension.

MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE: “ArikJames” examines Shanahan’s suspensions this season, and finds they’re not strong enough to deter players from dirty tactics.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla calls on the league to impose minimum suspensions.

OF ICE AND MEN: An examination of potential changes in the next CBA.

Will Bouwmeester ever play an NHL playoff game?

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron observers Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is on pace for a dubious record: most NHL games played without a playoff appearance.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner examines possible options for Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen next season.

OIL ON WHYTE: Jeffrey Chapman kicks off the top 10 Oiler stories of the season by examining Magnus Paajarvi’s sophomore slump.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Darren Jensen.


  1. Nice read regarding the CBA. Very interested in how this will play out. I think we will get one more year of the current system before the new changes come in. No one wants to lose money, fans, respect for the sport.
    Hey Lyle, what are some hot issues you think should be addressed in the future CBA and what would you like to see?

  2. I’d love to see a better system of revenue-sharing, rather than reducing the players share again. That’s merely the league kicking the can down the road regarding their money-losing franchises and hoping it won’t be there when they reach that stretch of road. It will be, of course, which will finally (I hope) force them to realize they’re only as strong as their weakest links, and adopt a better system of revenue sharing. It works for the NFL, and while I realize the NHL doesn’t make as much money as the NFL, they can still learn the lessons of how revenue sharing has made that league much better.

  3. I totally see what your saying. I think they should definitely look at the NFL model. I like the franchise player status. What I think may happen for the short term will be a cap floor reduction and a staying of the current cap. Then they will work out a new deal for the 2013-2014 season. I really dontthink they can achieve all the changes they want over the off season. I really don’t see the players accepting a roll back either. I think the league asking for a 50/50 split is merely a bargaining starting point. IF they get a roll back it will be a 52-53% player share instead of 57%. It will be interesting, but I can’t see a stoppage considering hockey’s more popular than its ever been and has been making great money. We shall see.

    Side note: who do you want the Canadiens to draft if they get the 2nd or 3rd? I’ve changed my mind and really want Grigorenko.

  4. I think the NHL will look at a hybrid system. I think if the players agree to 50/50 split, and possibly a salary rollback, the NHL might return the favor and put in revenue sharing and perhaps throw in expansion as a bonus (more jobs). I also see a big change in the difference between salary cap and ceiling. I believe the NHL might be looking to rollback the current Cap ceiling as much as 15/20 % compared to the 24% in the last deal. As much as I loathe the thought, I think ownership/governors are willing to face a lockout, they have a guaranteed deal with NBC in the pocket to save their butts the following year, plus I think the majority of players are willing to sacrifice younger RFAs as history has shown.