Morning Free Association: Will There Even be a Season?

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It’s December 2nd and there still is no word on the NHL’s 2020-2021 regular season. Commissioner Gary Bettman had stated in the past that the situation is fluid with the league considering many options as to how to play the season fully and safely, even stating that the year may start one way (without fans or with minimal fan attendance) and end another way. He also stated that the league was hoping to start on January 1st. So what’s the deal? Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Boring Word Problems

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I admit, I’ve been saving this one, not because it’s especially fun, but because it involves so many of my least favorite things: contract talk, legalese, and worst of all: boring words problems. Because that’s what all of this is and that’s looking at it in sunny terms. At the very worst, this is how the NHL screws their players. For the most part, the stars and those with big contracts are shielded from the worst of it. You’ll see how this works out later. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Playoff Compensation

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The other day, The London Bear asked a question about player compensation during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The short answer is, yes players do receive a bonus that is dependent on where their exit in the playoffs. However the longer answer requires a closer examination. Continue reading