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‘Make Whole’ provision could be key to NHL lockout


‘Make Whole’ provision could be key to NHL lockout

Jay Beagle has spent the past six weeks lugging his hockey equipment from his red pickup truck to the no-frills locker room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
“I guess I’m getting used to the routine,” the Capitals center said Monday after skating with teammates Jason Chimera and John Carlson. “I don’t want to.”
Monday was Day 51 of the NHL lockout, but just three days after the league cancelled the Winter Classic there was renewed hope that real progress is being made between the owners and players.
A long bargaining session between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr over the weekend was productive enough to warrant a second round of formal talks to begin Tuesday at the NHL’s headquarters in New York.
“Obviously, [cancelling] the Winter Classic was a huge step and it’s sad to see,” Beagle said. “Being a part of it two years ago it’s something close to my heart. I loved watching it and I loved playing in it. It’s not good to see that cancelled, but it got talks going so it could be a positive thing.”
Beagle said there is an NHLPA conference call scheduled for Monday that will inform players on the progress made over the weekend. That conference call likely will include several questions regarding the “Make Whole” provisions introduced by the owners last week.
In their most recent proposal, the league said teams would honor players’ current contracts with deferred payments that count against the players’ overall share in future revenues.
The players balked at that proposal and the NHL is now reportedly coming back with provisions in which the league would accept most – if not all – of that burden in exchange for an immediate 50-50 split in revenue.
It is worth noting that the two principle figures in the negotiations are not Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, whose relationship over the past several months has grown considerably icy.
Daly and Steve Fehr seem to have made more progress in private talks than any involving all four negotiators. That seems to follow a similar script to the NHL’s work stoppage in 2005, when Daly and NHLPA deputy Ted Saskin created the framework for the CBA that ended the last lockout
If Daly and Steve Fehr can come to an agreement on the “make whole” issue – which has been a rallying point for the players – it could lead the way to agreements over the length of player contracts, and at what point players can be eligible for arbitration, restricted free agency and unrestricted free agency.
Beagle admits he has not paid much attention to the details of the negotiations and is simply waiting to hear word that the lockout is over and it’s time to report back to work.
“I’m a guy who just came into the league and when they tell me to play I’m going to be playing,” Beagle said. “When I hear some good news it’s uplifting and I get excited.”

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Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Lightning game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).


The Capitals (34-18-7) take on the Lightning (39-17-3) Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.


The Capitals-Lightning game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Lightning game:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Taylor Chorney


The Capitals-Lightning game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).


Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

You may think this was an ugly four-game road trip for the Caps, but with a 3-2 win in Buffalo on Monday, Washington managed to earn five out of a possible eight points.

Here is why the Caps beat the Sabres and managed to save the road swing.

A missed high-stick (maybe) from Ovechkin

Ovechkin scored the first goal of the game in the second period as he deflected a high-shot from Christian Djoos down past goalie Chad Johnson. But did the deflection come on a high stick? The play was reviewed and the goal was ultimately upheld. According to the NHL, it was determined that "video review supported the Referee's call on the ice that Alex Ovechkin's stick was at or below the height of the crossbar when he tipped the puck into the Buffalo net."

NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May broke the play down during the second intermission and made his case for why the NHL actually got the call wrong.

Was that a high stick? I don't know. As compelling an argument as May made, it still looks inconclusive which means the review made the right call. What surprises me is that the referee did not disallow the goal on the initial call.

Whether the review is truly inconclusive or flat out wrong, Washington was fortunate to walk away from this sequence with the goal.


A centimeter of ice

Hockey is a game of inches and it took less than an inch to put Washington up 2-0. When an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot hit off the boards and bounced back to the front of the net, it sparked a scrum next to goalie Chad Johnson. Eventually, John Carlson was able to get a swipe on the puck sending it trickling to the goal line, but Kyle Okposo was there waiting and appeared to kick it out to safety just before it crossed. A review triggered by the Situation Room, however, revealed that the puck had just barely managed to cross the goal line before Okposo got to it.

Here's the view the NHL released after the review:

Philipp Grubauer's third period

After dominating the first 40 minutes of the game and taking a 2-0 lead, Buffalo predictably made a late push in the third period with two goals to pull within one. Washington outshot the Sabres in the first and second periods, but Buffalo reversed that trend in a big way in the third as they outshot the Caps 17-6. Grubauer turned aside 15 of those shots and was impressive after barely being tested in the first two periods.