NHL And Officials Reach Agreement

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 11: Referee Kerry Fraser (2nd R) watches a video tribute with (L-R) referee Kelly Sutherland and linesman Don Henderson and Darren Gibbs prior to the game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers on April 11, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fraser is working his final NHL game after a 30 year career. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Times reported yesterday that the NHL and the NHL Officials Association have tentatively reached an agreement on a four year deal.  While refs were working this preseason without a contract, there were some whispers of a possible work stoppage on opening day if no agreement had been reached.  

There is still some question who will officiate the season openers tomorrow, including the Hurricanes game against the Wild in Helsinki.  According to the article, "league arbiters" will work the games as directed by the proposed contract, which still needs to be ratified by both sides.  That will be worth watching.

Speaking of referees, does it seem like some refs are more apt to make calls in favor of the home team? Believe it or not, a gambling related site actually tracks those stats and has a listing of  "Top 10 Homer Refs."  Who is at the top of the list?  Bill McCreary.   

The Times article also mentions the report related to the KHL's new commitment to honor NHL contracts.   (This was included in HM's link wrap yesterday).  While the Predators' Alexander Radulov got all the press regarding the KHL's previous stance, when they totally disregarded his NHL contract while negotiating with him, the Hurricanes also lost two players to the KHL who were under contract with the team.  

Dan LaCouture and Matt Murley both bolted for the KHL after they were demoted to the AHL by the Canes.  Both had signed two-way deals and were legally under contract at the time.  Perhaps this new commitment will keep more players in North America who already have binding agreements and contracts in place.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker