Is a Canadian hockey team going to make it to the '17 Stanley Cup finals this year?

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Ryan Getzlaf's homophobic slur draws criticism from gay former player

Anaheim captain makes statement regarding remark made in Game 4


"I don't care how you mean it, when you say the word, it's a homophobic slur," said McGillis in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. "He doesn't sound, in my opinion, very apologetic. He's comparing what he said to a curse word and he didn't apologize to the LGBTQ community or take ownership of his actions. That's quite disappointing."

Fine not severe enough

Getzlaf's fine is the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement with the NHLPA, but McGillis says he does not think it was severe enough.

He notes that as the Ducks forward has made millions of dollars over the course of his 12 year career, the $10,000 dollar fine isn't especially punitive. Instead, he hopes that the NHL, its players, and other sports leagues try to engage and educate adolescent players before homophobic, racist or sexist language is ingrained in their pscyhes.

"[Getzlaf] is a social influencer, he is a superstar hockey player and he has an opportunity to do some good things," said McGillis. "I think that if these athletes continue to just donate money they're missing the boat because that's not going to shift the culture and that's going to lead to more and more incidents like this."

You Can Play Project, an advocacy group dedicated to eliminating homophobia in sports, also criticized Getzlaf before Saturday's game.

"Words matter and Ryan Getzlaf's words are offensive. No language considered homophobic belongs in sports. It's not the language of role models. This is yet another opportunity to educate athletes, teams and fans," tweeted the organization that was founded by Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke and his father, Calgary Flames president Brian Burke.

'We took a step back'

Getzlaf's punishment was particularly disappointing to McGillis because last season Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was suspended a game and fined $5,000 for using a homophobic slur and making obscene gestures toward officials in the first round of the playoffs.

"It seems like it's almost backwards," said McGillis. "We took a step back for equality and for hockey to be a safe space for everybody."


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Can Nashville hold on?


They couldn't hold on.

Outshot and outplayed but Nashville still came back and for the first time Nashville is going to the Stanley Cup Finals!

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Go Nashville!


The NHLPA started in 1967. As late as 1969 Gordie Howe was making only $45,000 per year. Check "Sample salaries from earlier seasons" on this page.

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bekayne wrote:

The NHLPA started in 1967. As late as 1969 Gordie Howe was making only $45,000 per year. Check "Sample salaries from earlier seasons" on this page.

My point is and was that up until the late 80's or early 90's, salaries were nowhere near the ridiculous average salary a player makes a year now. Even if $45 000 a year was considered a 'high salary' in 1969.

The NHLPA served a purpose when it was created. It's now a fucking joke and a mockery of unions in general. I can't speak for everybody but if 'working' (playing a game) 6 months a year for a few million a season is not good enough for you and you must strike to 'feed your kids' , I strongly recommend you get a real job and find out what it's like for the rest of us. Especially hockey players because 90% of them hardly have a high school education. Be happy what you've been blessed with. Go whine and cry in a pile of money and fuck off.

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NHL salary cap to rise to roughly $80 million next season

NHL general managers should have the ability to reach deeper into their pockets next season.

The league says the projected salary cap for 2018-19 will be somewhere between US$78 million and $82 million, up from the current $75 million.

So basically, CEOs on skates.

Good news for those who couldn't get by on $75,000,000 though.


kropotkin1951 wrote:

hi kropotkin. Why did you make a blank comment in this thread? Is this an error mistake? Or something more?

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Every time a Canadian team gets into the playoffs, US TV ratings go down. That means less money for the NHL in Toronto. Would Toronto sell out the rest of Canada for money? Never!