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Thoughts On Recent Rash of Extensions

Despite the period known universally as "free agent frenzy," passing weeks ago, there was still some unfinished free agent business left. As training camps approached around the league several high-profile RFA's remained unsigned and dangerously close to "holding out." No one benefits from holding out. The player can damage his reputation among his peers, clubs are usually left without one (or more) of their better players, and fans are left bewildered at all parties. In a perfect world all RFA's would be signed ahead of camp. This week several of them did reach new accords while a couple still remain unsigned. Let's take a look.

Brad Marchand - To be...

Tavares Nets Six Year Contract Extension With Isles

The news was running rampant all over the twitter feeds and message boards yesterday that the Islanders were going to have a big announcement regarding number one center John Tavares and his future with the New York Islanders franchise. But as of today's 1 PM press conference, it became official: John Tavares has signed a six-year contract extension worth $33 million.

The contract has been said to be worth $5.5 million a year.

Tavares is only 20 years old and has led the team in scoring for back to back seasons while improving his numbers in the process. The first overall pick in the 2009 draft ended his rookie campaign in 2010 with 54 points in 82 games (24 goals, 30 assi...

Social Media Ban Or Protecting the Media That Pays Your Bills?

The National Hockey League and its so-called partner the National Hockey League Player’s Association have come to an agreement on social media.  Officially, both sides have decided to limit or even shut down the use of social media on game days. 

“In addition to suggested guidelines and tips around use of decorum and protection of sensitive information, the key mandate is around game days and blacking out certain windows of time.”

In truth, this is a ban on the use of twitter.  What NHL player uses their Facebook page or foursquare for anything anymore?  Players may not tweet or use social media from two hours before the puck drop until af...

Bailey's Clock Is Ticking

Charles Wang has always had a very strict rule that he has enforced since the day he bought the New York Islanders; if any player that was considered property of the organization were to not have a new contract before the start of training camp, they would be forced to miss the entire season.

It's a rule that I have always approved of since it clearly sets the tone that this is Wang's team and he won't be jerked around by players who wish to play the waiting game for more money. He's also shown that he isn't shy about using it either.

Most Islanders fans remember the year that Sean Bergenheim spent playing hockey in Sweden since he refused to accept the con...

RFA's Could Be Ruining the NHL, Here's a Way to Fix It

Recently, James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers signed a 6-year contract extension worth an average of $4.25M.The huge problem with this extension is that it completely defeats the purpose of Restricted Free Agency. In 2004 the NHL had a lockout because of skyrocketing costs of player salaries. A 24% rollback in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement seemed to remedy this issue, along with caps on individual contracts and finally, new rules for UFA and RFA status.

First, this contract needs to be analyzed and picked apart to show why it's a problem. To do so, a "debate" will be held to show why JvR never deserved it. This "debate" will be shown by li...

Crosby's comments offer cover for NHL head-shot dinosaurs

How much cover does the National Hockey League need before it can summon the nerve to outlaw players from pointlessly whacking each other on the head?

The league is terrified of ruling against head shots for fear it will be accused of lacking the manly qualities it believes fans expect of it.  And some of the handful of fans attracted to games in no-hope hockey towns in the southern U.S. might decide to stay home and watch crocodile wrestling on TV instead. Gary Bettman and his pals can't back down without fear of looking all sissified or something.

But now Sidney Crosby has provided all the cover required to make a change, the need for which has been painfully obviou...

Hockey's Darkest Day

There are no words to encapsulate what happened today.

Perhaps the darkest summer in hockey history continued with perhaps the darkest day in hockey history. A devastating tragedy occurred. 27 hockey players­ and the coaching staff—an entire hockey team, full of veteran NHLers we all knew and came to love over the years—completely wiped out.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl coach Brad McCrimmon, players Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek, Alexander Yasyunov, Jan Marek, Karlis Skrastins, among so many others, passed away in the most nauseating disaster in hockey history.

This crash did not just affect the KHL, or Russia alone.

It affec...

BLOG: Updates on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Plane Crash

Yaroslavl, Russia - A Russian plane carrying KHL hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl from Yaroslavl to Minsk has crashing killing at least 43 people and leaving one critically injured.  The plane is currently believed to have had on board the entire Lokomotiv roster including coaching staff.  Lokomotiv is a three time KHL champion taking gold in 1997, 2002, and 2003.  They finished third last season.

Please read the full article written by The Checking Line's own
Jordan Kuhns by clicking this link.

 

NOTE - This is a blog, all information is not official, and is gathered from various sources that are not confirmed.  I will try to post only i...

Predators Possible Breakout Stars

Every year, it seems as if someone different steps up for the Nashville Predators, in order to help push them into the postseason. Two years ago, it was Patric Hornqvist’s impressive 30-goal campaign in his first full NHL season that helped carry the team. It happened again just this past season when Sergei Kostitsyn came to the team from the Montreal Canadiens and went on to lead the Preds in scoring. Who could top the list of breakout players in 2011-12?

Niclas Bergfors

Drafted 23rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2005, Niclas Bergfors has yet to reach his true potential. He’s a player that has shown offensive skill and the willingness to shoot the puck, two th...

Jay Pandolfo Gets Tryout With Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo will be attending the Isles training camp on a tryout basis. Pandolfo's tryout is likely in the hopes of him earning a roster spot with either the Islanders or another NHL organization.

The 36-year old left wing has spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils and has won two Stanley Cups after being drafted in the second round at 32nd overall of the 1993 Entry Draft. Last year he played 12 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. 

If Pandolfo were to crack the Islanders line-up, he would have to earn it as the Islanders already appear to be set at forward...