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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Brooks on CBA negotiations, Dreger on Weber offer, Pens, Rumours and more

Morning puck addicts!

Not a lot happening in the NHL this morning. But, alas, these dogs days are killing us all (softly?)

If you're a CBA enthusiast, you'll love Larry Brooks' piece in the New York Post. He "somehow" obtained an internal memo from NHLPA head, Donald Fehr.

The memo details how the league's proposal breaks down in dollars and cents. Interesting stuff, to be sure, and certainly not a deal the PA will be accepting any time soon.

Now, however, comes the fun part as the PA is sure to table a counter proposal soon enough.

I can't wait to see what they fire back with, because whatever it is, it will largely indicate whether we are looking at a long, drawn-out negotiation or not.

My gut tells me that we will be looking at a long process. Moreover, I think we'll lose part of the upcoming season as a result.

What do you think? How do you feel the negotiations will play out?

Hockey News

-The New York Posts Larry Brooks details how the owners want to cut salaries despite rising revenues.

Ya, I'm sure that'll go over well with the PA.

-Down in the swamp, the Devils have re-sign Mark Fayne to a two-year deal.

-TSN's Darren Dreger takes a look at the financial implications of the Preds matching the Flyers' offer sheet on Shea Weber.

Quick note: There's no way the Preds can match. He is gonzo.

-The Pens hired a new team physician. I wonder if this has anything to do with the way Sidney Crosby's concussion was handled.

-Habsworld takes a look at when a third overall pick should start in the NHL.

-And lastly, here is Spector's daily rumour round-up.

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images North America)

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