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When the new CBA debuted in January, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail had an excellent analysis of it and projected?the cap floor and ceiling for the duration. The new CBA expires after the 2021-22 season (although either party can opt-out two years earlier) and Mirtle projected that, with a straight 5 percent increase in revenue each season, the cap could eclipse the $80 million mark during those final two seasons.

According to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, that $80 million salary cap could come a lot sooner than anyone thought. Friedman says that it could happen as soon as year six of the current CBA, or the 2017-18 season. For comparison, Mirtle's 5 percent projection estimated a cap of $71.8 million that same year. The cap is currently set at $64.3 million for next season with a floor of $44 million.

If Friedman's $80 million target is correct, that means the salary floor would hit about $55-60 million at that time. Under the new CBA, the cap ceiling and floor are calculated by adding/subtracting 15 percent to the salary midpoint.

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Ilya Kovalchuk finally arrived as Devils camp yesterday and needless to say, he is soooooo happy to be back in the NHL. The KHL? Those brown paper bags filled with off-the-books bookoo bucks? What?! He never wanted to stay there! He doesn't know where you guys are getting that from.

Look, I haven't been bothered by this story from the outset. I understood the whole political wrangling of it all -- the KHL asking Ilya and the rest of "The Russian 4" (Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Malkin) to help their native league make a statement to the big, bad NHL. Then there's the allure of playing at home, in front your family and friends and the fact that the KHL can pay him a lot more than the NHL can -- on the books and otherwise.

But then Kovy decided to go and play dumb today at the Prudential Center and that got me all sorts of riled up. It's just all so damn disingenuous and ridiculous.

Tags: Alexander Medvedev, Analysis, CBA, contract, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Russia, Vladimir Putin
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So with the CBA nearly buttoned up and a Memo of Understanding signed, the league released official report dates for training camps. You know, those times and dates where if a player isn't in camp, they're in violation of league rules? This matters for a few players, namely Ilya Kovalchuk, who is in the process of returning to the Devils from the KHL.

Tags: CBA, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils
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The CBA has been ratified. The Memorandum has been been Understood. Unlock the gates and open the hypothetical doors. Let's play some hockey.

? Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 13, 2013UPDATE: Free agency, waivers and trades are allowed starting around midnight.

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Now all we're waiting for is the signed and agreed Memo of Understanding and then we'll get an official schedule and player movement.

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Although the players wrapped up their electronic CBA voting process at 8 a.m., there's still be no word on the basically assured passed of the CBA. The NHLPA says that will come later Saturday when the sides finalize the Memorandum of Understanding.

Tags: CBA, Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman, lockout, MOU, NHL, NHLPA, Notes, union
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The NHL schedule is set to officially hit the airwaves tomorrow morning, which means Twitter is abuzz this morning with all sorts of nuggets regarding what might be on the Devils' 48-game slate this season. Here's a quick rundown.

1. The Devils will reportedly host the Flyers on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in their home opener:

Tags: CBA, Devils, Devs, lockout, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Schedule, Tweets
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It appears the Ilya Kovalchuk standoff is slowly drawing to its inevitable conclusion. The Russian winger finally addressed the issue after playing for SKA St. Petersburg and wasn't shy about who he would rather play for.

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

?I want to stay in St. Petersburg but I have contractual obligations in the NHL, which will be hard to break,? Kovalchuk told Sport-Express in Russia, according to the sports daily?s U.S. correspondent, Slava Malamud.

Tags: CBA, contract, Ilya Kovalchuk, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils, NHL, SKA St. Petersburg
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As expected, the Devils will kick off the lockout-shortened 2013 regular season against the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 19, according to Tom Gulitti of The Record.

Gulitti also mentions the Devils' home opener is expected to be Tuesday, Jan. 22, against an as-yet-unnamed opponent. The schedule will be officially announced Saturday after the players vote to ratify the new CBA, which will happen by 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

What do you think? Yay or Nay on opening on the road against the Isles? Sound off in the comments!

Tags: Breaking News, CBA, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, NHL, Schedule
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Ilya Kovalchuk continues to hold out behind the red curtain. The Russian winger suited up for SKA St. Petersburg again Thursday, attempting to put a further scare into the Devils and the NHL. Neither party, at least publicly, appears concerned, but the general manager of Kovalchuk's KHL club isn't backing down.

Kasatonov, ironically a former Devil, is taking the only public stance he can. We're not buying the idea that Kovalchuk won't honor his NHL contract when push becomes a strongly worded shove from Gary Bettman and the IIHF. The only interesting part of this whole case will be whether Kovy really tries to play in Sunday's KHL ASG after the CBA has been ratified by his union and whether the NHL and/or the Devils decide to reprimand him.
Tags: CBA, Gary Bettman, IIHF, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kontinental Hockey League, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Russia, SKA St. Petersburg
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After a four-month lockout, the NHL is going to have to win back the fans, both casual and die-hard alike. The players know this. Gary Bettman knows this. The fans know this. The last time around, the teams famously painted "Thank You Fans!" just inside each team's blue line. Somehow, such an exclamatory statement doesn't feel appropriate this time around -- although some of the artistic on-ice ideas from the Marek vs. Wyshysnki Podcast on Dec. 19 are downright hilarious. There will need to a concerted "outreach" and programs dedicated to recapturing some semblance of the NHL's pre-lockout momentum.

Gary Bettman declined to get into specific ideas or plans yesterday, but I want to know what YOU want and need from the league, its players and its teams to help bring you back to hockey and soothe the pain from the lockout. Sounds off in the comments!

Tags: CBA, From The Stands, Gary Bettman, lockout, New Jersey Devils
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Although the schedule has been repeatedly termed as "fluid," it seems obvious the NHL is preparing for a MASSIVE opening day and night with almost every team on the docket. Some teams, particularly in the Atlantic, have had their tentative openers leaked. While the Devils remain tight-lipped, it's seems pretty obvious if you follow the breadcrumbs:

? Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 10, 2013Which, as Gulitti points out, leaves the Devils, Islanders, Sabres, Lightning and Hurricanes floating in the wind, so to speak. Due to the East have 15 teams, either one or three of those teams will have to be idle Saturday and given the NHL's apparent attempt to blow the speakers out the box, we'd put our money on the former. Which leads one to think...

Tags: CBA, Coliseum, Devs, Isles, lockout, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, NHL, opening day, opening night, Rumblings, Schedule
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Easily the funniest/creepiest thing to come out of Gary's presser yesterday...

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Gary Bettman addressed the media after owners unanimously ratified the tentative CBA at Wednesday's Board of Governors meeting. Needless to say, he was non-committal when asked about players possibly violating their contracts by participating in the KHL All-Star game after the union (likely) approves the CBA on Saturday.

Consider it a not-so-subtle shot at the KHL and Russian officials. According to his agent, Pavel Datsyuk got clearance from the Red Wings to participate in the game, but we haven't seen anything close to that from the Devils or Kovalchuk's reps. Also, don't underestimate how much this situation ties into future negotiations regarding player participation in the Olympics. It's no secret how important the Sochi games are to Russian players and the NHL is obviously not above playing hardball if it's backed up against a wall by the KHL.
Tags: CBA, Gary Bettman, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, NHL
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Pardon the FDR pun in the headline, but the owners have ratified the new CBA as expected, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun also notes that the players will electronically vote on the new CBA on Friday and Saturday, but that won't affect the timing of training camps opening Sunday.
Tags: Breaking News, CBA, Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman, labor, lockout, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes
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The NHL expects Ilya Kovalchuk to honor his NHL contract and report to the Devils once the CBA is signed, sealed and delivered. So does Lou Lamoriello. But that doesn't mean Kovalchuk can't get one last game in on Russian soil.Kovalchuk was listed on the roster for the KHL's All-Star Game, scheduled for Sunday, which happens to be the same day NHL clubs are expected to open training camps.

Now comes this from the KHL's VP of Hockey Ops (via Dmitry Chesnokov):

Kovalchuk received an offer [to play in the All Star Game] and is going to Chelyabinsk. Because the lockout is not officially over, the CBA will not be signed until Sunday.

Tags: CBA, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, New Jersey Devils, Quote
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Although the official 48-game schedule remains very much in flux, the "crucial dates" are beginning to come into focus. Here are some of the key dates so far:

  1. News began to filter through most of the league's beat writers last night that the season will begin for most teams on Saturday, Jan. 19. As Tom Gulitti of The Record notes, the Prudential Center is booked that date, meaning the Devils will likely open on the road.
  2. The Globe & Mail reports broadcast executives have been told the lockout will push the NHL season a month later than usual. The regular season will end in the beginning of May and the Stanley Cup playoffs could end as late as June 25, while John Shannon says the Cup finals could stretch to June 28.
  3. According to Puck Daddy, all of these schedule shenanigans means the NHL draft -- to be hosted by the Devils and the Prudential Center -- will be held June 29-30. For those following the math, that means we could see the season end one night and the draft start the next.
All of these dates are very much in flux and, as you can see, different reporters have heard different things regarding specific end dates. The one thing we do know is the CBA is expected to ratified Saturday with training camps opening Sunday. Whether Ilya Kovalchuk will be there Sunday is another issue entirely.
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Two-a-Days were always the bane of the players' existence. John Mara said he never saw the sense of them. Coaches cringed every summer. Two practices a day to them meant players had more opportunities to get injured. The new CBA took care of all that:

Work Rules ? A number of changes to the working conditions were put in place. In training camp, there will no longer be 2-a-day practices, and maximum of 4.5 hours of field time per day will be allowed. One padded practice limited to 3 hours in training camp, with a second practice limited to non-helmet walk through. The agreement also provides for unannounced inspections by NFLPA Staff to ensure compliance with the new work rules.

Tom Coughlin has seen the difference. His team seems to be healthier this camp as a result of the new rules....

Tags: CBA, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL, NFL Injuries, NFL Rules, NFL Training Camp, Two-a-Days
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The NFL Players approved the final draft of the CBA this afternoon, conceding to the notion of HGH testing. The issue had been one of the final points that needed to be "hammered out" as Giants player rep Kareem McKenzie put it.

No formal announcement has been made regarding the testing, but as per the AP:

The NFL will be allowed to check each player annually for HGH -- but only after the union is confident in the way testing and appeals will work...the aim is to have that worked out in time to start HGH testing by Week 1 of the regular season..

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Shaun O'Hara was the Giants' player rep for the past few years. Now that he is no longer a Giant, that distinction is being handles by OT Kareem McKenzie, who fielded questions outside at Giants camp today...

Where does the CBA stand right now?

"As far as I know, there are still some issues to be hammered out. I was not on the conference call...you guys will probably know before me."

Tags: CBA, Kareem McKenzie, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL Labor News
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The Giants have been taking a lot of heat from the media and the public lately over their ticket office's alleged avarice and tunnelvison the past month.

CEO John Mara put an end to that today by announcing the team will not require any deposits from ticket holders until a new CBA is reached.

Per our esteemed colleague Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger....

In an interview with WFAN this afternoon, Mara said the Giants won?t require their season-ticket holders to pay anything until there is a resolution to the current labor dispute between the owners and the players. Mara said invoices will be mailed out next week containing a letter from Mara and executive vice president and chairman Steve Tisch explaining season-ticket holders have the option of making payment by May 1 (normally full payment is due by that date) or exercising the option to wait until a new collective bargaining agreement is agreed upon.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, CBA, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL Lockout
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