Bergeron sits in on CBA negotiations


Bergeron sits in on CBA negotiations

There werent any Boston Bruins among the original group of players in Chicago a month ago to kick off the players union press conference with NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr.

But Bruins center and Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron was one of 15 NHL players that sat in on the CBA negotiating sessions at the NHL offices in New York City on Wednesday afternoon.

Manny Malhotra, Antoine Vermette, Daniel Winnik, Henrik Lundqvist and Brandon Dubinsky were among the assorted 15 NHL players attending the bargaining session inside the leagues Sixth Avenue office building.

The negotiations session allowed the players and union officials to pore over the much-discussed NHL proposal from the end of last week, but Fehr told reporters that the union wasnt ready to submit a counter-proposal quite yet.

Were not to that stage yet, said Fehr. We will make our own proposals whether its a counterproposal to something they said or something of our own when were ready, after we have fully digested what theyve done, are sure we understand it, have had all the discussions with them we need to have and have had all the internal discussions we need to have.

Daniel Paille, the Bruins player rep for the NHLPA, and Bs defenseman Andrew Ference were both in attendance in Chicago for a portion of the union meetings last month.

But they left before Fehr made his final remarks at the end of three days of sessions, and Paille was in Boston this week attending to some charitable commitments as a representative of the Bruins. Paille visited the Franciscan Hospital for Children on Thursday with his wife, Dana, as part of the fourth-liners charitable activities in the city of Boston.

So Bergeron traveled to New York City this week after expressing his interest in getting involved in the negotiations last month in for the NHL Awards.

Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available


Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.

*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat! 

*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond. 

*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available

*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot. 

*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences

*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital. 

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise. 

*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.

Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations


Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible. 
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan

 -- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues. 

-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website. 

-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often. 
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.