With preseason officially underway we are going to get a lot more news. Yesterday quite a few smaller items dropped, and while we would like to go dig deep into everything here at Five For Howling for your time and ours’ a quick recap seems like the better option.
NHLPA announces they will not be reopening the CBA
The biggest news of yesterday, the NHL Players Association will not be reopening the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The NHLPA announced today that the Executive Board has declined to reopen the CBA with the NHL following the 2019-20 season. The current CBA remains in effect through the 2021-22 season. The NHLPA advised the League of its decision earlier today. pic.twitter.com/IdZZT9HXL7— NHLPA (@NHLPA) September 16, 2019
Previously the owners announced that they will not be exercising their rights to reopen the agreement, but there was a very real possibility the players would exercise their right to reopen the deal to address their concerns. Thanks to this announcement we will have uninterrupted hockey until after the 2021-22 season and hopefully beyond.
Arizona to host the 2020 Rookie Faceoff Tournament
After a week of rumors, it was finally confirmed that Arizona will be hosting next year’s Rookie Faceoff Tournament.
It's official.— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) September 16, 2019
We'll be hosting the 2020 Rookie Faceoff Tournament! https://t.co/0oPBClPKGf
On September 7-10th the Anaheim Ducks hosted the Coyotes, the Colorado Avalanche, the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks, and the Vegas Golden Knights in a rookie tournament. Next season the Coyotes will be given the honor of hosting the event at Gila River Arena. Dates and details are still yet to emerge, but it’s great to see Arizona getting the opportunity to host an event such as this and could lead to Arizona getting to host the All Star Game they missed out on due to a previous lockout.
The first round of cuts announced
The Coyotes are done to 52 players as the announced the first round of nine cuts.
The #Coyotes have removed the following players from the training camp roster:— Matt Layman (@mattjlayman) September 16, 2019
G David Tendeck
D Axel Bergkvist
D Dennis Busby
D Connor Hall
D Brady Lyle
F Liam Kirk
F David Levin
F Valentin Nussbaumer
F Eric Uba
They're down to 52 players.
Not a lot of surprises this round, although I am a bit surprised that Liam Kirk didn’t last a bit longer. None of these players were expected to make the team out of training camp and none of them played Sunday against the Golden Knights. Most players will go back to down to their respective juniors teams except for Connor Hall who was a camp invite who missed much of his time in the OHL struggling with injuries.
NHL has a new bag policy
Although it hasn’t gotten too much attention the NHL has a new bag policy, limiting the size and type of bag that can be brought into games.
Two things on this. First, I didn't realize this was an "NHL mandate" when I saw other teams like the Dallas Stars declaring this was their new arena policy. So that's interesting. /1 https://t.co/fTP6w1QX8H— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 16, 2019
As many people have pointed out online this could serve as a major problem for families with small children. According to the Gila River Arena website “Backpacks of any size are not permitted” and “Bags larger than 12”x12”x6” are prohibited (i.e. large purses, diaper bags, suitcases, beach bags, laptop bags, etc.)”