More reaction to the NHL’s initial CBA proposal to the NHLPA, reasons to trade Roberto Luongo to Florida, a look at the role free agency played in recent Stanley Cup championships, and Absurd Goalie Monday.
HOLIK ON HOCKEY: Bobby Holik, who went through the last two NHL lockouts as a player, offers up his take on the NHL’s initial CBA proposal to the NHLPA.
CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin (who did a magnificent job covering the previous lockout) cuts to the chase regarding the league’s offer, prosposes strategy for the NHLPA in response, and coins the best line I’ve heard yet to describe not only the business of hockey, but of North American professional team sports:
“Is there any industry besides sports where the employer brags of a booming business and still insists that employees have to take a pay cut?”
PUCK SAGE: Speculation on what the NHLPA’s counter-offer might look like if they take the same hard-line, low-ball position as the league.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier believes the team owners will be perceived as the villains this time around by NHL fans, suggesting the league runs the risk of alienating its fan base if it forces yet another lockout.
SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Luke Dixon with ten reasons why the Florida Panthers should bring back Roberto Luongo.
SILVER SEVEN: The marginal talent in this summer’s NHL free agent market could face some tough decisions.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Meesh Shanmugam examines how much impact free agency played in the building of the Stanley Cup champions since 2005-06.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: he climbs into the wayback machine and goes back nearly a century to bring us the story of Jake Forbes.