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Ads on NHL jerseys; plan to end the lockout; blaming Bettman (Puck Headlines)

Greg Wyshynski
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From today's Marek Vs. Wyshynski podcast, the question of the day was about NHL meat products (because the "cattle" comments). Teemu Salami. Yum. (Via reader Mike M.)

• NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there are no CBA talks scheduled between the players and owners. As for the Winter Classic potentially having a cancellation date: "That date has nothing to do with bargaining. That date will have to do with logistics and reality of putting on a Winter Classic." [National Post]

• James Mirtle's plan to end the lockout, which includes "Make it a 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Play at a 50-50 revenue split for the final five years and never have a lockout again." [Globe & Mail]

Jonathan Toews on the owners: "If they want to hurt their own game and drive it into the ground that's what they'll do." [Kuc, via Kukla]

• Count Mike Ribeiro among the NHLPA optimists: "This time I think we're more optimistic that it might happen earlier, hopefully by November so we can have December with hockey." [Capitals Insider]

• Spitting out propaganda and talking points? There's an app for that. [SBJ]

• Ken Campbell wonders why Gary Bettman gets all the blame: "It's been very fashionable for the players to fault the NHL and the owners for creating the top-heavy, long-term contracts that have become such a large issue, saying nobody forced the owners to sign them. Well, if anyone knows of a player out there who turned one of those deals down for the good of the game, please let us know. And to blame Bettman for those deals is ridiculous." [THN]

• ESPN has the Los Angeles Kings up top and the Columbus Blue Jackets way at the bottom of their initial power rankings. [ESPN]

Check out the new Brooklyn Arena, where the New York Islanders may or many not play one day. [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Jesse Spector makes the case for ads on jerseys as a way to juice revenues: "By opening the door to uniform and ice advertising, the NHL also would have the opportunity to bring about labor peace. Because these revenue streams would be new, they could be defined in such a way as to act as a buffer against a decrease in the players' share of hockey-related revenue." [Sporting News]

• Good piece by Mike Colligan on Sidney Crosby and the insurance issues with playing overseas: "In the end, it will come down to how badly Crosby wants to get back on the ice in the prime of his career, and how much teams are willing to spend for the opportunity to step into the Pittsburgh Penguins shoes for a few weeks or months." [THW, via Pensburgh]

• Deadspin's guide to the NHL lockout; see also: Puck Daddy's "How to explain NHL lockout to your non-hockey friends." [Deadspin]

• Here is Rick Nash's hat trick for Davos, in all its glory.

• Congrats to Daryl "Razor" Reaugh for being recognized as "Best Sports TV Personality" by the Dallas Observer Best of Dallas 2012 Awards. [Stars]

• Congrats to Dan Ellis, who will attend the Charlotte Checkers' training camp on a tryout. [Checkers]

• Very interesting bit buried in a story about a USHL player safety program: "One interesting advancement is the fact all USHL players will be given the opportunity to wear an approved three-quarter face shield instead of the full cage in order to provide a better visual field. The NCAA is also pursuing a similar initiative so that collegiate players will be able to use the protective shield in future seasons." [NHL]

• Remembering the gaffe that was Esa Tikkanen of the Washington Capitals blowing an open-net goal in the Stanley Cup Final. [Japers' Rink]

• Examining David Krejci's future with the Boston Bruins. [THN]

• A Kyrie Irving hockey stick? [Dangerous Hockey]

• Congrats to The Active Stick for joining the Eyes On The Prize family. [EOTP]

• NO. NO NO NO NO NO. no. [Battle of California]

• Finally, here's a fight from the KHLin which Pakhrudin Gimbatov of Severstal really wanted a piece of Kristian Kudroc, who pretty much wanted none of this. [HockeyFights]

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