Hall-of-Famer Eventually, But Chris Pronger Will Have to Wait PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Ponder   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:13

This article was originally published at TheHockeyWriters.com.

One would think that a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame would be easy for someone of Chris Pronger’s caliber. He has won a Stanley Cup and two Olympic Gold Medals, while also adding a James Norris Memorial Trophy and a Hart Trophy to his resume. Yet, despite likely played in his last game on November 19, 2011, Pronger may not be enshrined in Toronto until 2020 at the ripe age of 46.

This is due to the structure of the Type 35-Plus section of the recently expired Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is best summed up by CapGeek:

Players who sign multi-year contracts when they are age 35 or older (calculated on June 30 of the season the contract begins) count toward the cap under all circumstances, regardless of where (or if) the player is playing. The only cap relief is $100,000 from the player's cap hit if he is assigned to the minors after the first year of the contract (NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, 2005, Section 50.5 d-i-B-5, p. 203).

This means that a player that has signed a contract after turning 35 can retire, but the team will still face that player’s cap-hit for each of the remaining years of his contract.

When Pronger was traded to the Flyers from Anaheim in June 2009, he signed a 7-year, $34.45 million contract extension days later at 34 years old. Because Pronger still had one year remaining on his contract he signed with Anaheim, his extension did not kick in until the following season, making him 35 when the contract went into effect. Thus, Pronger falls into the aforementioned section of the CBA.

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Updates on Active Blues Players PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Ponder   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 20:46

This post was originally published at TheHockeyWriters.com.

After a season that saw the Blues climb to second place in the Western Conference standings, the players had to pack up and head in different directions across the world.  Some skaters headed to Germany, some to Sweden and some even stayed in the regional area.

Thanks to modern technology, it has become very simple to see how well each player is doing in their respective new league.  Here are where locked out Blues players are currently playing, as well as their up-to-date point totals:

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Blues Prospects Making Best of NHL Lockout PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 20:49

This post was originally published at TheHockeyWriters.com.

Even though there is a league-wide player work stoppage, some players are still doing what they can to improve their skills and maintain a good work ethic.

Blues prospects Jaden Schwartz and Ian Cole are no exception.  Both players joined the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL in September and have enjoyed jumping into the full experience of playing in the Central Illinois city, which is just 167 miles South of Chicago.

“It’s a grind every night,” said Schwartz, who was the Blues’ 1st selection , 14th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  “Bus trips are fun to be on.  You play a lot of games in a short amount of days.  It’s a good experience.  I haven’t been a part of it for too long yet, but I am definitely having fun.”

Schwartz has not exactly made a typical jump into professional hockey.  He signed a pro-level contract on May 12, the day after his sophomore season ended at Colorado College.  He then met his NHL teammates in Chicago and practiced with the team on the road for four days before getting his first crack in an NHL game on March 17 in Tampa Bay.  Schwartz scored his first NHL goal in that game en route to a 3-1 Blues victory.  He went on to score two goals and one assist in 7 NHL games last season.

In the Rivermen’s home opener against the Rockford Ice Hogs on Friday, Schwartz scored the game-winning goal on a wrist shot from the hash marks at 16:13 of the second period.  The Rivermen went on to win 2-1 for their first victory of the season.

“Anytime you can contribute in any way, it feels good,” he said.  “It was a special win and it was a special goal.”

Cole is a little more acclimated to playing in the AHL.  He has spent the majority of the past four seasons in Peoria, while also sprinkling in 56 NHL games with the Blues.

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St. Charles Chill Planting Seeds of Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Ponder   
Sunday, 16 September 2012 21:26

This post was originally published at The Hockey Writers - Combine.


Starting up a professional sports franchise is not something that happens overnight.

Just ask the St. Charles Chill President and General Manager Nicole Kupaks, who is leading the charge of developing the new hockey team in St. Charles, Missouri. The Chill will begin play in the 2013-14 season and will compete in the CHL (Central Hockey League), a developmental hockey league designed for players who have NHL aspirations.

Kupaks, along with owners Gustavo Hernandez, Alfonso Arguindegui and Glenn Hart, are uplifting the Laredo Bucks and plotting them in the Family Arena, which sits about 25 miles outside of downtown St. Louis.

Kupaks had the idea to move the team after disastrous attendance numbers in Laredo forced the group to look at other markets.

“When we unfortunately had to choose to shut down our franchise in Laredo, I started looking for other opportunities and St. Charles popped up,” Kupaks said in her Family Arena office Friday afternoon. “I was talking to the league and I had done my own research about the market. I felt it was interesting. I presented it to our ownership group and told them that we needed to do a little more homework on this. I really dug down, looked at the numbers and found out that it could be very successful [in St. Charles] and worth our time. I encouraged one of our owners to fly with me up here and sold him on the idea.”

Kupaks was employed with the Bucks from 2005 until this past season, serving as a jack-of-all-trades. She cycled through positions that ranged from Director of Public Relations to her final position, Team General Manager and Governor.

“When I became GM of the Laredo Bucks, they chose me because they had seen my work over the years,” she said. “Our former coach was the President, GM and Head Coach but I’d always done the work of the GM. I’d always done the player integration, the contracts and all of that fun stuff. For them it was just a natural progression for me to become the GM.”

Kupaks, who studied Business Management at Texas Tech University, is the only female to hold a General Manager position in professional men’s hockey. Expecting respect was never an option.

“You have to earn it. I’ve bled and sweat for this.

“It’s like anything else; when you come in as a rookie you have to prove yourself. I think my work ethic and my love for the game have proved that I am a legitimate businesswoman in this industry.”

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Jaden Schwartz Could Push Rivermen to the Top PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Ponder   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:52

This post was originally published at The Hockey Writers - Combine.

Sometimes, the best addition for an AHL club is placed directly in its lap.

Top prospect Jaden Schwartz decided to go pro after his sophomore season at Colorado College abruptly ended after a playoff series sweep at the hands of the Michigan Tech Huskies.  He jumped right into NHL action, signing an entry-level deal with the Blues two days after his team lost.  He joined the team for his first NHL practice the next day and then played in his first NHL game four days later.  On his first shot, Schwartz scored his first NHL goal to help the Blues beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, on March 17, 2012.

Schwartz went on to play in seven games in 2011-12, scoring two goals and one assist for three points.

The 20 year old center will have his shot to make the Blues’ roster once training camp opens, but will face a steady line of competition.  The Blues have only seen forwards Chris Porter and Jason Arnott depart from their 2011-12 roster but have also added the likes of right-winger Vladimir Tarasenko.  Many tout this Russian forward as the most NHL ready forward of all the rookies looking to break into the NHL in 2012-13.

Currently, the Blues’ depth at center includes David Backes, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Scott Nichol; this goes without mentioning that wingers Andy McDonald and T.J. Oshie are fully capable of switching to center ice as well.  Schwartz is a very gifted forward but may have to settle with some time to develop in the AHL.

In other words, the Blues may be handing a great gift to the Peoria Rivermen organization.

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