Meltzer’s Musings: Read’s Contract; The Realities of NHLers in Europe

Next CBA May Not Bode Well to Keep Read for Long Haul

Whenever there is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement put in place, NHL teams are going to face some tough decisions about which players they can lock up in long-term contracts. The Flyers will not be able to keep everyone they would otherwise want to retain if it were strictly a hockey decision.

Under the CBA created in 2005, the Flyer

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Butsayev to coach Bryzgalov

Ever since Ilya Bryzgalov made the decision to sign with CSKA Moscow for the duration of the NHL lockout, people have questioned the wisdom of the signing. Apart from the international media publicity the team received in holding its introductory press conference for Bryzgalov and Detroit Red Wings superstar Pavel Datsyuk, there was little need for Bryzgalov on the famed Red Army club.

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Meltzer’s Musings: Minor Leagues, Major Dreams; Titans and Noebels

Titans Put on a Good Show

Every year, once per hockey season, I attend a game in which I sit in the stands as a paying customer rather that obtaining a press credential. I did so yesterday, going to the Trenton Titans' game against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Sun National Bank Center. The Titans prevailed, 5-1.

I attended the game with old friend Anthony Mingioni (whom I first met years a

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