Proving once again why it is sometimes better to keep players around based on personality, Adam Burish has given Hawks fans a reason to rejoyce. Among the talks of deals, proposals, pointing fingers and the lack of hockey, Burish decided to make something positive happen. For Burish, it was simple: nothing going on right now, so why not get a bunch of players together, including 2010 Cup teammates, play a game and do it for charity?
Missing the good old days, Burish formulated a great plan to bring everybody back for a game. "Most of the 2010 Blackhawks and other players around the league, including Bobby Ryan, Ryan Suter and Jack Johnson, will play in the Champs for Charity exhibition game on Oct. 26 at AllState Arena. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana" (CSN).
The list of Hawks showing up for this exhibition game includes Burish, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Brian Campbell, Dave Bolland, Jake Dowell, James Wisniewski, John Madden, Troy Brouwer and Kris Versteeg. This, and the new movement in the CBA talks have prompted Kane to put a European contract on hold, so Patrick will most likely be in attendance as well. The list also includes a native by the name of Mike Brown, a player I had the experience of playing with during my younger years.
All in all, a great idea, and with the date being set one the day before my birthday, a likely event for myself to attend.
So, how about those CBA negotiations? Without getting into specifics, and maybe you already have them, the owners came up with a contract that seemed to be pretty fair on the surface, and even included a full 82 game season, along with a 50-50 split and many other details I do not care to get into.
My reaction; there will be hockey soon, and the team owners are getting pressure from other business owners. Looking at the details made it hard to see how the players could avoid signing, especially given that the real war has been seemingly one focused on PR. However, the NHLPA did not exactly accept it with arms wide open, and a recent meeting ended in surprisingly negative ways. But, even though the conversations might still stink of negativity, I am optimistic about the near future and starting to think more positively about hockey. Of course, I am also trying to ignore the finger pointing and name calling going on at the moment.
The owners have succeeded in grabbing a few PR wins and in the end, their new offer is mostly fair, while serving to bring both sides closer. We shall resume our waiting, but now we can do it with the prospects of having the guys back at the UC for a night, and of a full NHL season maybe only weeks away.
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