BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 11, that the club has signed forward Tyler Seguin to a six-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Seguin’s contract is worth an average of $5.75 million annually over the six years of his deal.
The 2011-12 season marked Seguin’s second NHL season with the Bruins. The 6’1”, 182-pound native of Brampton, Ontario registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 29-38=67 totals, along with 30 penalty minutes. His 29 goals and 67 points both ranked highest on the Bruins roster, making him the youngest player in team history to hold the club’s scoring title. Seven of Seguin’s goals were game-winners, and his plus-34 rating ranked second in the league behind teammate Patrice Bergeron. He was also selected to play in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, after having previously competed in the NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition in 2011.
The 20-year-old played in 74 games in his rookie season in 2010-11, recording 11-11=22 totals and 18 penalty minutes. Seguin added three goals and four assists in 13 games during the 2011 postseason, helping the Bruins capture the Stanley Cup championship. He also set a league record for points in one playoff period with a four-point (2-2) performance in the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay.
For his career, Seguin has played in 155 regular-season games with Boston, registering 40-49=89 totals and 48 penalty minutes with a plus-30 rating, and has recorded five goals and five assists in 20 playoff games.
Prior to joining the Bruins, the forward spent two seasons from 2008-10 with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, recording 69-104=173 totals in 124 games, with 82 penalty minutes and a plus-31 rating. In 2009-10, he became the first Whaler in team history to lead the OHL in scoring. Seguin was drafted second overall by Boston in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.more
By George Richards
Bryan McCabe walked into the press box at the BankAtlantic Center much like Joe Nieuwendyk did a few years back.
Freshly retired after playing more than 16 seasons in the NHL, McCabe didn’t quite know where to go nor where he should be. The former Panthers captain looked at the directory of assigned seats and boxes in the press box before noticing a familiar face.
“I’m doing some scouting,’’ McCabe said, nattily dressed in a designer suit while carrying a briefcase that hung uncomfortably from his right hand.
McCabe, like Nieuwendyk and many other former NHL players before him, is trying on the front-office side of hockey for size. When Nieuwendyk retired from the Panthers in 2006 because of back issues, he took some time off before accepting Jacques Martin’s offer to work as a special consultant to the Panthers. Nieuwendyk obviously took to it and, after spending time with Florida and the Maple Leafs, was named general manager of the Dallas Stars in 2009.
It’s definitely not a job for everyone.
“It has to be the right person. Just being an ex-player doesn’t mean you can do this,’’ Panthers alternate governor and founder Bill Torrey said. “You have to ask if someone has a willingness to go and sit in cold rinks and watch a kid. Bryan is here, and he and Dale have good conversations. … Bryan is bright, smart, current and respected. We didn’t just bring him in because he’s an ex-player. There’s just so much more to it than that.’’
It’s too early to see if McCabe will find the new gig to his liking, but with the NHL trade deadline forthcoming, the Panthers appreciate his input. McCabe started last season with the Panthers before being traded to the Rangers before the deadline hit, so he knows a little about all but a very few players in the league.
“I’m pretty fresh when it comes to this, so when it comes to players out on the ice, I’m relevant,’’ McCabe said. “I hope to help out when it’s come to that.’’
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon traded McCabe last year after the Panthers’ season fell apart. Tallon has tremendous respect for McCabe and is giving him a chance to see if he likes working on the personnel side.
McCabe has attended the past few Panthers home games and has spoken to Tallon regarding different players the Panthers have interest in. The trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m., and Florida is looking to add pieces for a postseason run.
“I’ve been in hockey my whole life, so it’s obviously something I would like to stay around if possible,’’ said McCabe, who spent three seasons with the Panthers after coming to South Florida, like Nieuwendyk, from Toronto. “I’ve been fortunate to spend some time with Dale over the past few months, and I hope that’s got my foot in the door.’’
McCabe is the latest former Florida player to join the organization over the past few years. Brian Skrudland, the Panthers first captain in 1993, is the team’s director of player development and works with the team’s prospects.
Cory Stillman, who like McCabe was traded from Florida at last year’s deadline before retiring, was named the team’s assistant director of player development over the summer.
Tallon likes working with people with whom he has had a previous relationship, but also with people he respects and gets along with. McCabe, who seems comfortable being back around his former teammates in Florida, fits that bill.
“It’s important to embrace your past and utilize their knowledge and contemporary attitude to move forward and get where we want to be,’’ Tallon said. “These guys know the players, know the systems.”more
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
YAHOO! Sports, Sep 15, 2011
Talk to players, agents and union officials, and they all say the same thing: Fehr’s resume speaks for itself, and he’s smart. He led the baseball players for more than a quarter of a century. He is a giant of sports labor law.
“We didn’t have much direction,” Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis(notes) said. “Now with Don, I feel he brought a little soothing effect. ‘OK, we’ve got somebody who’s going to guide us, that’s been through it.’ “
Talk to Fehr, though, and he says his reputation both helps and hurts. He stresses that he works for the players, and he has made an effort to get that across to them. When he started in baseball, he was 29 – a contemporary of the players, almost one of them. Now he’s in his early 60s. His hair is gray. He speaks like a lawyer and can be intellectually intimidating. “They’ve got to see that I’m not just some Dutch uncle that’s telling them how to live their lives,” he said.
Fehr is a jeans guy. He sometimes sits on a chair backward when he talks. When he met with teams in the fall, he met them in restaurants, not conference rooms, so the atmosphere would be comfortable. He wants to get to know the players; he wants them to get to know him.
“He can be laid-back,” the New York Islanders’ John Tavares(notes) said. “It’s just like you’re sitting for lunch and having a conversation. You can joke around a little bit. But when he talks, you’re really intrigued. He really intrigues you, and you can really see that he knows what he’s talking about and he understands that part of the game and this side of the business.”
Said agent Ian Pulver, who was an NHLPA lawyer from 1990 to 2006: “I guess the most important thing is that his style in baseball, his style here is, players first. He absolutely understands who he works for, who he’s accountable to, and it’s not the owners, the media, the fans, the agents. Whether you are a fourth-liner or a first-liner, they’re all the same, and they’re part of a group, and that’s who he’s accountable to.”
That group is largely new to how a union operates – or at least to how it should operate. Roughly half the players were in the NHL during the 2004-05 lockout, when the union lost a season and the argument; the rest entered the league in the wake of the lockout, when the union was weak and dysfunctional.
Hockey also has a culture in which players take pride in focusing on the game itself, not outside issues. It has players from several different countries – with different backgrounds and native languages – and a growing number of young players who might be uncomfortable speaking up even if they are already stars.
Take Taylor Hall(notes). The Edmonton Oilers drafted him first overall last year, and he had a strong rookie season. But he’s only 19. When the NHLPA held regional meetings in more than a dozen cities across North America and Europe this summer, he declined an invitation to one in Toronto.
“It’s about a three-hour drive from my house,” Hall said. “I was going to go, but I’m still pretty young. I don’t know if that’s really my place to be changing rules in the league. … When I’m a little bit older, then I can have my say for sure.”
No matter the age of his audience, Fehr has gone back to basics with the players. You might call it Union 101. “I compare it to a college class,” said St. Louis, who went to the University of Vermont. Fehr would compare it to a lab instead of a lecture. He said he kept the groups to about 13 or 14 players at the regional meetings so there would be give and take.
“You need to draw people out,” Fehr said. “You’ve got to make them feel a part of it if you can, and you’ve got to make sure they understand something that I think a lot of players in this organization – especially with the younger ones, who came in after the lockout – didn’t really understand, which is who works for whom and what the organization does and how central it is.”
Others, like NHL agent Ian Pulver, believe ESPN’s record-high payout will have little effect. “I think the news of the TV deal confirms what we already know, economic times are vibrant for the NFL,” Pulver said. “However, it won’t have any impact on whether the owners will lock the players out, so long as the owners believe they can get what they want, and not what they need.” Read the rest of this entry »more
Officially named last weekend as the new executive director of the NHLPA, Donald Fehr will be the man who represents hockey players at the collective bargaining table when they begin negotiating to replace the deal that expires after next season. The people who handle the players ’ individual negotiations, their agents, could not be happier about it. Read the rest of this entry »more
NEW YORK – As Bob Batterman sits in his office 26 stories above Broadway, nothing about him seems particularly menacing. He is dressed in a sweater and slacks and talks calmly about the labor issues he and the NFL are facing. He mixes in a story about juggling a hearing on a significant NHL legal matter last summer with picking up his grandchild at Logan Airport in Boston during a family vacation. He tells of going to law school with Paul Tagliabue and sharing an office with David Stern as a young attorney. Washington Post, Mark Maske
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NHL player agent Ian Pulver, speaking on Off The Record with Michael Landsberg on Wednesday, disagreed thatÂ IlyaÂ Kovalchuk‘s original 17-year, $102 million contract should have been rejected by the NHL.
“In the collective agreement there is no limit or term in the length of a contract,” said Pulver, who represents Mike Cammalleri among other players. “If there was no bad faith dealing, and there was no bad faith dealing here, then I think (Kovalchuk’s agent) Jay Grossman was following the rules that were put before him”. Read the rest of this entry »more
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Ian Pulver of Pulver Sports interviewed by CBC Sports.more