Addressing two new loopholes in the new CBA

It’s been less than 48 hours since the Memo of Understanding has been signed, and there have already been two loopholes identified in the new CBA. In his 30 Thoughts this week (one of my personal favorite columns), Elliotte Friedman of CBC identified these two loopholes, and asked Bill Daly about how they would be addressed. The first loophole is one…

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The Luongo Rule and Brad Richards

One point of the new CBA that negatively affects the Rangers is the new “Luongo Rule.” This rule was designed to punish teams that circumvented the last CBA and signed players to back-diving deals. The Rangers have one of these deals in Brad Richards, who made $12 million in his two years of his nine-year deal, and sees his salary drop to $1…

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NHL, NHLPA agree to tentative CBA to end lockout

Update 1pm: More details are coming in. Check the bolded bullets after the jump. Update 11:15am: The deal still includes amnesty buyouts. Each team will be allowed two amnesty buyouts. These buyouts can be used before the start of the 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 seasons. There will be no buyouts prior to this season starting. Yes, that means Wade Redden is…

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A first look at the 2013-2014 $60 million Rangers

As mentioned yesterday, the NHL is very adamant about sticking to a $60 million cap for the 2013-2014 season. This has a lot of the larger market teams worried, as GMs built their clubs for at least a $70 million cap, not a $60 million cap. The Rangers have a total of 16 players (10 forwards, 4 defensemen, 2 goalies)…

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Predicting the two amnesty buyouts for the Rangers

News broke yesterday that the NHL and the NHLPA had agreed to two amnesty buyouts before the 2013-2014 season. One buyout will be allowed before the start of this season –if it happens– with the second occurring before the start of the 2013-2014 campaign. The owners appear to be dead-set against a cap higher than $60 million for 2013-2014, so…

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Latest NHL proposal likely the last bullet left in the chamber

This past weekend it was confirmed the NHL submitted a new proposal to the union Thursday afternoon. According to reports, the latest offer is approximately 300 pages and is the most “comprehensive proposal” the league has submitted in months. While the NHLPA takes the time to review the proposal over the weekend, I would recommend everyone remain cautiously optimistic. I’m sure the…

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More games canceled: Drop-dead date in mid-January?

So the NHL announced that all games through January 14 have been canceled, a move that was expected since there was no CBA in place. Ho hum. There is apparently a drop-dead date in mid-January, and the NHL won’t play less than 48 games this year. In 1994-1995 the NHL played 48 games, with the season beginning on January 20…

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Musings: CBA legal mumbo-jumbo

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past week, then you’ve surely noticed that there are a lot of legal terms being tossed around by both sides. These are moves that have been rumored for weeks, so the fact that they have been made is just another step in the process at this point. I still believe this is…

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All Rangers have returned from overseas; Foreshadowing the end of the lockout?

I’m not one to speculate, I’m just one to use logical reasoning to come to a conclusion. Unfortunately in this post, my logical reasoning is leading to speculation, so take this with a grain of salt. Earlier this morning, Adam Rotter at SNYRangersBlog picked up this little tidbit from the Kalpa website noting that Derek Stepan has returned to the US, stating that…

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NHL to cancel games through 12/30

In what is now unexpected news, Darren Dreger is reporting that the NHL will cancel regular season games through 12/30. This comes as no surprise considering the events of last week. So, what happens first: 1) The NHL season begins, 2) The fiscal cliff issue is resolved, or 3) The Islanders move to Brooklyn.