After a somewhat unexpected decision was rendered by the arbitrator, last night's POTG Radio took a different turn with a hard look at what the decision could mean in light of the NHL-NHLPA negotiations for a new CBA that will be needed in 2012.
The Program's Chris Wassel joined Anthony Perez and I for the extended version of the podcast for some in depth discussion of many of the possibilities at hand as a result of the ruling.
The show began with an interview with Rambo Sambo, in our celebration of Nashville RollerGirl week at POTG. We then moved into our discussion of the Phoenix Coyote ownership situation with Anthony, who is the Coyotes Examiner. It is really difficult to get a handle on what is going on in Glendale at this time, but we covered all the bases.
We also talked a little bit of real hockey with Anthony, taking a look at what the coming season looks like for the Coyotes. Anthony also gave Predator fans a preview of what to expect from Matthew Lombardi.
We ask that you join us with the player below or download from iTunes. It will certainly throw a little spice into what is supposed to be the quiet part of the hockey off season.
Yesterday's ruling by the arbitrator in favor of the NHL in the Ilya Kovalchuk matter (full text here) has created more questions about the future of the NHL and the CBA with the NHLPA than was answered.
After reading the full text of the decision, I have a better understanding of the reasoning behind the final decision. Bloch did not stick to the the specific wording of the CBA in making his decision but read a deeper meaning into the CBA as to what was actually intended in the document.
The real can of worms is the fact that arbitrator Bloch opened the door for other existing contracts to be scrutinized. If the NHL does go this route, it will throw gas on the smoldering fire of discontent between players and the league, and it could signal an all out war in the 2012 negotiations which could result in another lock-out.
James Mirtle looks at the potential firestorm of reopening existing contracts.
Kudos need to go to Liz Mullen @SBJLizMullen of Sports Business Journal for first breaking the story on Twitter. She was the only confirmed reliable source for what seemed like an eternity before the official report from the league came out.
Kudos also to Craig Custance of The Sporting News, who was the first to have specific wording from the ruling to mull over.
Michelle Kenneth, who has been on the pulse of the story all along, indicates that the KHL will still be a distant last choice for Kovulchuk.
Tom Gulitti from Fire and Ice has also been a tireless reporter through the whole ordeal.
Puck Daddy also has his usual succinct analysis of the ruling including discussion of the document itself.
A poll running at Canes Country indicates that fans were pleased with the ruling.
Not to get lost in the "what it means" aspect of the story, the Devils will resume negotiations with Jay Grossman according to this statement from Devils.com.
Finally, Intent to Blow has the last word on Kovalchuk.
In Pred Nation...
Jim Diamond has a wrap up of the Predator prospects at the US Junior evaluation camp that was held last week. Pred fans have a lot to look forward to based on Jim's reports.
Bryan Mullen at Inside Predators actually got a quote from David Poile on the Mark Dekanich signing yesterday. Poile said that the status was quo.
Dirk Hoag looks at a plus/minus on the number of back to back games each team plays to see who may have an advantage in that area. His work even got picked up by Puck Daddy.
Aaron Sims has a history lesson about Wayne Gretzky and the opening of the Bradley Center.
Section 303 has details on a contest where you can win a trip to Toronto and meet Wayne Gretzky.
PredsBlog takes a shot at sorting out the logjam up front with all the forwards that will be in the Pred's camp. I'm not sure why so many folks are down on Jerred Smithson. His is not a glamorous role but one that is needed on the Preds.
The Cincinnati Cyclones will name their new head coach on Thursday.
Around the NHL...
Ryan Porth's RLD Hockey breaks new ground with the appearance of Dustin Brown from the Kings. Tune in tonight at 7 p.m. Central to hear him live.
The first two teams in The Hockey News countdown were revealed with the Oilers and Panthers doomed for last place.
Steve Lapore has part four of the Suitor Tutor with the NHL Network being spotlighted.
Russ Cohen is on the case looking for the puck that Patrick Kane put past Michael Leighton to win the Stanley Cup Finals.
Teemu Selanne had a brief message for Ducks fans indicating that he is ready to return. Ryan at the RLD has more along with speculation that Paul Kariya is next. Matt Reitz also looks at a possible Kariya return to Anaheim.
Michelle Kenneth has the best and worst hockey movies. I know that it is sacrilegious, but I would have to put The Rocket ahead of Slap Shot and Miracle. I also thought Mighty Ducks 2 was the best of the three.
The NHL announced the complete preseason schedule on Monday with a record number of seven overseas contests prior to the season opener. Boston is the only team with two games, the first in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Oct. 2 and the second in Liberec, Czech Republic on Oct. 5.
From @DNFlyers: Riley Cote has retired from the Flyers to join the Adirondack Phantoms as an assistant coach. I hate to see Riley go. Russ Cohen revived a story about Cote that is really neat.
Hockey Quarterly looks at the best masks in their special goalie edition.
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team defeated the Czech Republic in the opening game of the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. They will play Russia later this morning.
The Phoenix Business Journal indicates ex-Coyote owner Jerry Moyes had ties to a Minnesota financier who was running a Ponzi scheme.
Something to look forward to from @NHLschuylerb: Plan is to announce the national TV skeds for the 2010-11 NHL regular-season a week from today (Monday, Aug. 16) I bet the Preds will get at least one Versus game.
Odds and Ends...
My favorite girl, who is Always Write, Dahlia Kurtz, discusses the medium and the message.
We've all heard of "going postal." Does this Jet Blue story qualify for "going airline?"
Starting tomorrow night the annual Perseid Meteor Shower begins. Here is a preview from the British Astronomical Association.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass