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NHL abandons 4 conferences


According to Elliiotte Friedman of CBC, the NHL notified teams today that the idea of 4 conferences has been dropped, replaced by two conferences, each with two divisions. The teams in the divisions are the same as the conferences, so nothing changes there, although it's safe to assume that it impacts the schedule, reducing travel from the West to East and the other way around. More details at Friedman's blog

Listen on TSN690 as NHL ratifies CBA


The NHL Board of Governors has ratified the CBA, announcement coming soon. Gary Bettman will be holding his billionth press conference of the season live on TSN 690 in a few moments.

More canceled games, season in danger


So I think we can all assume that this is no longer worth a full article, but a writeup must be done. We're used to the NHL canceling games by now, but this time it comes with an assumed drop date for the league. What does that mean? Well it means that if no CBA is reached by January 15th, the NHL is going nuclear and taking out the season. All the legal stuff that's been going on the past couple weeks seems to make that deadline a hell of a challenge to meet, so the doomsday sayers can begin their chanting now. Well, the doomsday sayers in regards to the NHL. People who think the world is going to end tomorrow (today in Australia and New Zealand) are still really, really stupid. 625 games have been canceled thus far, over 50% of the NHL schedule.

So now what are we supposed to do?


Best line in Lance Hornby's report. "Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr couldn't even agree on who decided to end the talks Friday, Bettman insisting he was free to chat and Fehr offering to talk about minor CBA points." Coming Soon: "Bulldogs and Nailers Eyes on The Prize"

Nash Dealt to Rangers


So we can silence the Scott Gomez to Columbus thoughts, as the Rick Nash saga appears to be over. This afternoon, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded their captain to the New York Rangers. Minor league rearguard Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft also go to New York. In exchange, Columbus gets forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and the Rangers' first-round selection in the 2013 draft. Columbus will regain its third-round pick if the Rangers make it to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Nash waived his no-movement clause prior to the trade, which is conditional on all players passing a physical by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Barring injuries, or further transactions, the Rangers forward lines should look something like this. Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Rick Nash Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik Taylor Pyatt - Brian Boyle - Ryan Callahan Mike Rupp - Jeff Halpern - Arron Asham More foillow-up from our SBN counterparts at Blueshirt Banter and The Cannon For those asking, BJ's GM Scott Howson has said nothing on Twitter over the deal. For that matter, he's tweeted nothing since February, the same time Nash made it clear he wanted out of the Buckeye State.

Habs dream job is maybe not for all


The Montreal Canadiens posted the dream job for those wanting to cover the Habs throughout the 2011-12 NHL season. Not living in Montreal, I am now kicking my feet in frustration. But then again many say I have the perfect face for radio. I decided to pass the link on to some friends who might be interested. One of them made an intersting observation. See if you can see it. "The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics: •Fluently, perfectly bilingual (English and French) •Passionate and knowledgeable about sports in general, hockey in particular, and the Canadiens specifically •Versed in pop culture and various media appealing to both our players and the 18-34 demographic (music/TV/film) •Presents well •Has previous experience/is comfortable performing in front of a camera •At ease talking with new people; charming, spontaneous and can think on her feet •Recognizes critical importance of discretion around a professional sports organization •Has a valid passport and ability to travel regularly between the United States and Canada" I've posted an inquiry with the Canadiens organization on it. Surprising there is no "equal opportunity" employer notation following the posting either.

Don't tell them Guy Lafleur ran off with the Stanley Cup!


Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup winning goal is missing, and now the case is in the hands of the FBI. You'd think they'd have bigger crimes to solve, right? I'm no forensics or crime scene expert, but considering Chris Pronger's puck swiping history you'd think they would want to talk to him first.

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