Tip Ins is a weekly update for all the news that happened in the NHL.

I ask you, Magic 8 Ball; will there be a new CBA anytime soon?

  • NHL rules say only 8 of the League’s 30 teams are needed to reject a CBA offer from the NHLPA. So even if 22 teams liked an offer, if 8 didn’t, no one plays. Clearly the NHL doesn’t reside in Logic City. (Sportsnet)
  • Gary Bettman and NHL owners are convinced NHL fans will return after the lockout, and for the most part, they’re probably right. But when it comes to the companies that buy a ton of season tickets, premium seats, and luxury suites, they could be way off base this time around. In the case of the Blues, 40 percent of the Blues’ ticket and suite revenue comes from corporations. If that’s even close to the League average percentage, owners are gonna look silly pretty soon. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • At the end of the day 8 teams may control the League’s fate, but there has been speculation that a lot of NHL teams want this lockout to end. (Ottawa Sun)
  • So ESPN did another poll. Wait, don’t leave! The source of the poll is direct answers from current players. It includes answers from players in the NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA. They also get all political and junk. (ESPN)
  • Major explanation on why it took Shane Doan so long to sign a contract. Man, I respect him even more. Not to mention, his team was recently given yet another extension to be sold to Greg Jamison. (AZ Central)
  • Hockey fans returned after the last lockout and when they did, the product on the ice was all the more enticing; more offense, cheaper tickets, salary cap, shootouts. Okay, not everyone likes shootouts, but you get the point. But what do fans have to look forward to after the current lockout ends? (Empty Netters)
  • Interesting thoughts from a lawyer on how NHL players can decertify the NHLPA in order to end the lockout. It’s happened in 2 other leagues, though I doubt it’ll happen in this case. Cool idea though. (NBC Sports)
  • I missed this when it originally went up, but here’s a very detailed chart of why its total BS that Los Angeles Kings forward, Andrei Loktionov’s name is not on the Cup. Unlike in most similar cases, the team didn’t even bother to petition it. Sucks. (McSorley’s Stick)
  • KHL goals: Geno being Geno. Backhand goal, surrounded by opponents, meanwhile falling to his knees. Cue Song 2. (YouTube)

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