1. NHL Lockout Rumors: CBA Negotiations Nearing End, Bettman Wants Deal by Friday

    After three torturous months of false alarms and crumbling trust, the NHL lockout may have finally reached the diluted, bittersweet light at the end of the tunnel...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 11,674 reads 21 comments

  2. NHL Lockout: How Mediation Could Save the 2012-2013 Season

    Wednesday afternoon, NHL lockout negotiations officially progressed into their next stage, as NHL and NHLPA leaders met with federal mediators for the first time. The seven-hour meeting, however, concluded with little optimism...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 9,169 reads 5 comments

  3. NHL Lockout: 8 Future NHL Stars Tearing Up the AHL During the Lockout

    Jordan Eberle on the Oklahoma City Barons? Justin Faulk on the Charlotte Checkers? Brayden Schenn on the Adirondack Phantoms? With North America's 30 biggest hockey markets currently ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 9,796 reads 36 comments

  4. NHL Lockout: 5 AHL Teams You Need to Pay Attention to

    While the NHL lockout rages on in North America's biggest hockey hubs, the American Hockey League is well into its 2012-13 season and steadily garnering support in a plethora of smaller markets...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 4,944 reads 17 comments

  5. NHL Lockout: Differences Aside, NHL and NHLPA Have Finally Regained Sensibility

    Revenue sharing, hockey-related revenue, escrow checks, free agency restrictions—all the major issues remain on the table, unsolved, in current negotiations between the NHL and the NHL Players Association...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,310 reads 3 comments

  6. NHL Lockout Breaking News: Owners and Players to Resume Negotiations Soon

    After two weeks of glacier-pace activity, the ice block surrounding NHL lockout negotiations has begun to show the slightest signs of melting. At long last, the owners and players are talking again...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 5,156 reads 9 comments

  7. NHL Lockout: Will NBC's Premier League Purchase Jeopardize NHL Coverage?

    From fans to revenues to the game itself, the 2012 NHL lockout has put many of the sport's essential aspects on thin ice. Their 10-year, $2 billion contract with NBC and NBC Sports Network? Not so much...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 242 reads 1 comments

  8. NHL Lockout: 4 Schedule Formats the NHL Could Use for a Shortened Season

    Still holding out hope for a full season? Throw any remaining fantasies out the window. Yesterday marked the passing of the NHL's unofficial deadline that ruled out the possibility of an 82-game season in 2012-2013...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,276 reads 0 comments

  9. NHL Lockout: Oct. 25 Deadline for 82-Game Season Passes with No Negotiations

    In the NHL and NHLPA's chess game of scathing press releases and sleazy fan manipulation, the pawns have fallen into one position, and one position only. Stalemate...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,304 reads 9 comments

  10. NHL CBA Proposal: Will a $59.9M Salary Cap Be Possible Without Salary Rollbacks?

    At first glance, the NHL 's latest CBA proposal looks to be a bundle of compromises straight from the Founding Fathers. A 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue? A reduced but reasonable $59...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 3,437 reads 17 comments

  11. NHL Lockout: Details and Analysis on Every Topic of NHL's New CBA Offer

    One month. After announcing the start of a lockout, cancelling two weeks of regular season games and meeting together on six occasions with little progress, could a virtually meaningless ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,062 reads 1 comments

  12. NHL Lockout: Will Two-Week Season Cancellation Change CBA Negotiations?

    Officially, the 2012 NHL lockout began almost three weeks ago. But, in many ways, the work stoppage's real impact is only beginning now. No longer are the players and owners toiling through summer's dog days in their stubborn misery...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,075 reads 3 comments

  13. Fantasy Football: 4 Hot Waiver Wire Players You Shouldn't Pick Up

    For desperate waiver wire searchers, Week 4 was a Sunday from heaven. Unusually high scores helped boost a number of unheard-of players into the fantasy stratosphere—at least for now...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 3,627 reads 9 comments

  14. NHL CBA Negotiations: Could the Lockout Potentially End This Weekend?

    The league-wide lockout is approaching its two-week milestone, the entire preseason has been officially cancelled and the NHL vs. NHLPA stalemate hasn't progressed in a month...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 4,489 reads 16 comments

  15. NHL Lockout: 5 Dynamic AHL Teams to Follow During the NHL Work Stoppage

    The minor leagues are receiving major attention. Since the NHL lockout went into effect Saturday night, owners and players have yet to reestablish contact and the state of the 2012-2013 hockey reason remains very questionable...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 4,214 reads 27 comments

  16. NHL Lockout: Comparing the 2012 Lockout to the 2004 Season-Cancelling Dispute

    The lockout is official. As of 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association have formally separated, ending the league's collective bargaining ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 6,631 reads 16 comments

  17. NHL Free Agency: Detroit Red Wings Sign Carlo Colaiacovo, Fill Defensive Holes

    Have the Detroit Red Wings finally found their Nicklas Lidstrom replacement? Probably not. But the signing of 29-year-old defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo will be a start. Colaiacovo, who has established himself with four solid seasons in St...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 1,198 reads 6 comments

  18. NHL Lockout: 5 Teams Who Could Benefit from a Brief Work Stoppage

    The threat of the third NHL lockout in 18 years is slowly changing from worst-case scenario to most-likely reality. July 13th. August 14th. August 28th. September 1st...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 3,012 reads 38 comments

  19. NHL Southeast Division: The Division's Days as a Laughingstock Are Long Gone

    The NHL 's former punching bag has found a new identity. Long a distant sixth in hockey's divisional totem pole, the revamped Southeast Division is prepared for a breakout season in 2012-2013...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 1,007 reads 12 comments

  20. Carolina Hurricanes: Lack of Changes on Defense Will Spell Problems for 'Canes

    While the revamped Carolina Hurricanes ' offense grabs headlines and anticipation for the hopefully-upcoming 2012-2013 season grows throughout Raleigh, the 'Canes defense sputters along weakly in the shadows...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 727 reads 6 comments

  21. NHL CBA Negotiations: The Stats About Luxury Tax and How It Would Kill the NHL

    Luxury tax? That's one indulgence the NHL can't afford. It's been well over a week now since the league Player's Association made their counter proposal in the NHL's ongoing ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 1,462 reads 14 comments

  22. NHL Trade Rumors and Free Agency: Are the Latest Rumors Fact or Fiction?

    For the last NHL teams still negotiating trades and deals, it's become a shady venture. After all, the elephant in the room—the soon-to-expire Collective Bargaining Agreement—casts a pretty large shadow...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 7,825 reads 44 comments

  23. Carolina Hurricanes: What Will the 'Canes Lines Look Like in 2012-2013?

    Kirk Muller has a puzzle to solve. The signing of winger Alexander Semin and acquisition of center Jordan Staal have filled the Carolina Hurricanes ' pool of forwards to the brim ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 2,508 reads 48 comments

  24. Alexander Semin Signs with Hurricanes: Are the 'Canes Cup Contenders?

    Jim Rutherford and the Carolina Hurricanes have finally made their move. They lost out on Zach Parise . They lost out on Ray Whitney. They lost out on Rick Nash. Now, at last, they've cashed in on Alexander Semin ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 1,868 reads 42 comments

  25. NHL Free Agents: Carolina Hurricanes Sign Tim Wallace, Jay Harrison, Prospects

    With many of the free agent market's biggest names now off the board, the Carolina Hurricanes and GM Jim Rutherford have turned towards their internal to-do list...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 976 reads 0 comments