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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

nhl- Still thinking Big

via Bob McKenzie and TSN, I'm not here to tell you that the NHL is definitely going to use big nets for this coming season because that decision has not been made. But I am here to tell you that the door has not been closed on using those big nets in this coming season.
So much so that the NHL is checking around logistically to find out what it would take to quickly refit the existing arenas in the NHL with big nets. They're also checking to see if they can manufacture enough big nets quickly enough to be ready to go in October.
I'm not saying they will do that but the conventional wisdom is that they'll go to all the other rules changes they've got on the table and try those for a year. But if they don't work, then they may go to the big nets so the door hasn't been closed on that big net possibility for this coming season.
Also, everyone is wondering about how the ratification will be completed. Once the agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA is done, I have to believe the ratifications will either happen simultaneously or the Players' Association vote will happen before the NHL Board of Governors for the simple reason that when the NHL ratifies this, they want to put a giant bow on it. They want to say, 'the deal's ratified, the new CBA is in effect, let's do the draft lottery right now' and hear all the new rules and start turning the page to the new world.