New Habs Inside/Out team member Stu Hackel also blogs for Slap Shot, the New York Times hockey blog and his regular post The Morning Skate (a collection of hockey news and views, interspersed with videos and/or music which rarely gets published in the morning) will now be linked on HIO. After a summer hiatus, The Morning Skate returned earlier today.
If you’ve missed hockey and Slap Shot this summer — and even if you
haven’t — both are back. Training camps open in the next day or so
(rookie camps opened earlier this week) and the puck drops on the
first preseason games next Tuesday.
It was a momentous offseason for news, highlighted by the
Blackhawks’ roster shakeup and the summer-long Ilya Kovalchuk saga,
two salary cap related stories.
Most notably, the Devils sped through the previously opened loophole
in the collective bargaining agreement a little too fast and the N.H.L.
contract police pulled them over. The loophole? “Teams could front-load a
contract and have several years of low salaries at the end to decrease
the cap hit,” writes Alan
Adams blogging for AOL FanHouse. “Other teams had used this method
and they didn’t even have their wrists slapped.”