Hockey, and its fiscal uncertainties, set to return

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.”

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  1. nightmare_49 says:


       MLSE can sell, but doesn’t know how to win

  2. observer says:

    Uncertainty in NFL too – – – – – –

    Raiders will be blacked out, too

    Neither of Sunday’s NFL games in California will be televised locally.

    We previously noted that Sunday’s Chargers game will be blacked out in San Diego, and now it’s been announced that the Raiders-Rams game in Oakland has failed to sell out and will be blacked out as well.

    AND – – – – – – It’s a sobering marker of the economic meltdown: One of every seven Americans is now living in poverty, according to a new analysis released by the Census Bureau Thursday morning. – – – – – –
  3. observer says:

    A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Quebec sovereigntists should leave the hockey team alone. The PMO was reacting to remarks from some provincial politicians — including most recently, Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois — who suggest the Habs have become a Canadian propaganda tool because of a lack of francophone players. Harper’s office says the legendary team is one of the rare institutions that unites all Quebecers and should be kept that way.

    Read more:

  4. Harry says:

    Harry Koivu

    Parti Québécois(PQ) Leader Pauline Marois suggests the Habs have become
    a Canadian propaganda tool because of a lack of francophone Quebec players on the team.  Most Habs fans I am sure want more local players on the club, but until now it has not become a political issue.

    In the short term, Marois has not made any suggestions to change the
    situation.  Maybe she should begin by suggesting that fans boycott
    attending Habs matches until management has more Quebecers on the
    roster. Not a likely successs, as home games will continue to sell out
    even with an all-European line-up.

    Her best bet….If her party ( they lead in the polls) is elected,,  maybe there will be  strong legislation on the horizon( maybe more so the party achieves independence).

    Best bet would be a law stating  that  the majority of the Habs roster (plus one) be francophone Quebecers.

    Such legislation for sure,unless the draft rules change, would guarantee  the Habs a last place finish among all teams in the NHL….leaving little else to cheer for except a bunch of local losers.

  5. Habhopeful says:


    James Neal (sigh) & Matt Kiskanen Sign…



    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  6. Uwey says:

    If the NHL & the PA had half a brain between them, they would work together NOW to make sure they are able to fill in some of the gaps left by an NFL lockout. But let’s face it, neither side are that intelligent.

  7. jrshabs1 says:

    So the dammed Quebec sovereigntists are meddling in the Canadiens affairs again..  Go eat your hat and leave the team and game alone. Or, put you money where your mouth is and do whatever you can to bring back a 100% Franco team to Quebec City. Or, hold another referndum..loose and shut your mouth for the next 15 years.  Your choice.

  8. HardHabits says:

    I am happy they opened their mouths. They’ve done nothing for their cause if not damaged it by making a major public relations blunder and have only ended up with egg on their faces.

    This is an excellent article on the matter.

  9. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Politics should really be left out of professional sports. Hockey has changed (I like the Euro influx on the team, and the americans, and the other CANADIANS!!!!), it really comes down to the money, look at the boards, are they even white stiil?

    Do you think you could impose regulations, laws as you will, that enforce a team to have X number of Y type players…would the NHL allow such a thing? Not me, it would never fly…

    This smells like another angle to get the Nordiques back…bring it on, but leave MY money out of it!

  10. nunacanadien says:

    It sounded like Harper saying the habs are only good because they don’t have enough Quebec borne players and that it should be kept that way, I read that didn’t you? Or is he saying the habs are a great team the way they are and don’t mess with it, that is what he probably meant to say.  That’s funny coming from Prime Minister Harper who admitted he was a laffs fan, flames fan, and heck, now he’s a habs fan.

  11. JSP1990 says:

    So I was lookin over all the guys at training camp and I have a question. What do we know about Brendon Nash?

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    He went undrafted and spent 4 years at Cornell University, 67 points in 120 NCAA games and a total of 8 goals so basically, a big defencemen with limited offensive skills, but at 6’3″ his size could offer a good bulk option for the Habs if he can adapt to the professional level. Likely going to need AHL time, but he might be worth something down the line. Hockey’s Future noted he needed to work on his speed, but he has good passing ability.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  13. ESundy36 says:

    I saw him play a handful of games when Cornell would roll through New Haven. Was typically a top line d-man who benefitted from playing on teams with a very lethal offense and great goaltending. I think he will probably be a minor league d-man who may get a call-up here or there if he can continue to feed the offensive threats on his team the puck.

  14. JSP1990 says:

    Thanks alot guys! I’m guilty of not knowing alot about some of the guys. Better with the CHL guys then the NCAA guys.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    I find Habs Prospects and a liberal use of typing ‘Hockey’s Future’ than the player’s name generally produces good information, but it is generally harder to dig up stuff from the NCAA since the CHL seems to get the lion’s share of coverage because it is generally where most of the top prospects come from or go to so they can get drafted.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  16. JSP1990 says:

    Thanks for the link SF! And yeah you’re right about the CHL gettin more coverage.

  17. ooder says:

    SF knows all man.. its kind of scary actually 😮


    88 is the new 23

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    The gift of excellent number memory and fact retention that do not actually serve me any practical uses in school or work does pay off now and then.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. ooder says:

    at least your the HIO guru…

    i jsut remeber random things that might or might not be useful in complete random situations


    88 is the new 23

  20. HFX-HabFan says:

    I know it all too, I just lack the energy to type it all out in every post.  I admire that you have the ability to get it all out, even in repetition. 

    Maybe we really are related from way back.

  21. HFX-HabFan says:

    Paul Mara has signed on with the Ducks.  I wish him well; it’s too bad his season here was abbreviated.  A good team guy who would go to the wall and back for his teammates.  If Hammer had been let go this summer, I would definitely have considered bringing Mara back for cheap.

  22. ooder says:

    zommmg toews speaks french… better make sure Pauline Marois doesn’t find out about this


    88 is the new 23

  23. Say Ash says:

    His mom’s french, n’est-ce pas?

  24. Muckbringer says:

    “We came here, we embraced the culture and we want to experience it, we want to learn it, and we want to be part of it. I don’t think it matters if you have a letter on your jersey or not. It’s a great culture, we want to be part of it,”


    cheer for them, just dont be related to them

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