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PHILADELPHIA -- Trade talk mostly fizzled at the NHL draft. "It just seemed to me there were a lot of phone calls, a lot of talking, people interested, but nothing really happened," Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said. Aside from Ryan Kesler getting dealt before proceedings got underway and then James Neal a few hours later, the weekend passed without much major action. One small trade -- the Calgary Flames getting Brandon Bollig from the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round pick -- looked like a preview of many more to come as cap-strapped teams try to get under the US$69 million ceiling set for next season. "Its a puzzle to put together and try to make all the numbers work," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday. "Thats clearly the biggest factor youre faced with when you have salary cap being what it is. Youre going to have some tough decisions. Were not the only team thats in that position. There will be other teams that face the same things." Without naming names, Bowman was describing the plight of the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers, along with his Blackhawks, who almost certainly have to make sacrifices just to be cap-compliant. In the Bruins case, it might mean saying goodbye to Jarome Iginla, a 61-point player and a major piece of their Presidents Trophy-winning season. "If we cant sign Jarome, were going to find a good player at that position," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Friday night. "We feel all our young guys and our current players are going to get better." Its unclear what else the Bruins might have to do with forwards Reilly Smith, Jordan Caron and Justin Florek and defenceman Torrey Krug and Matt Bartkowski needing new deals as restricted free agents. According to CapGeek, Boston has just over $1.6 million to spend. The Flyers, technically over the cap by a couple hundred thousand dollars, have some room with defenceman Chris Pronger bound for long-term injured reserve. But theyre still reportedly shopping Vincent Lecavalier to rid themselves of at least part of his $4.5 million cap hit for the next four seasons. Chicago managed to part with Bolligs $1.25-million cap hit but might have to clear more salary to fill out the roster. Enter the likes of the Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, teams with salary-cap space to take on salary. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish knows players wont be given away, but talent should be available. "Were in a pretty enviable position to be able to take on some of those contracts," MacTavish said Friday night. "Those are really the style of deals that weve looked to make over the last little while where we give up a few assets, take the contract and the cap space, so well be trying to do some of that." That was part of what went into the Flames trading for Bollig, who just signed a contract extension in March. When the cap was set at $69 million, it was at least $1 million, if not more, less than GMs were hoping for. "Weve been looking at situations with the cap where people that may have difficulty or be in a situation where they had to move money," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. Sabres GM Tim Murray implied that hed be willing to accept expensive contracts, but only if he gets an asset like a draft pick in return. "I tried to make a big trade today, a unique trade," Murray said Saturday. "I said, We got to do like the NBA. So I went to a team and said, You trade me your first pick from yesterday. He didnt want to be the first guy to do that. So Im not sure I did, either. But I thought it was a good idea." There could be a market for those NBA-style deals if GMs determine the cap space gained is worth it. More likely, teams up against the $69 million limit will be getting partial value on current players to clear room to manoeuvre when unrestricted free agency opens Tuesday. 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Seems to me that he was questioning the integrity and impartiality.The CFL Board of Governors is currently putting together a search committee to find a replacement for outgoing commissioner Mark Cohon. If you believe the word on the street, the number-one criterion for the new league leader will be a strong corporate presence in Toronto, a guy who knows his way around an office and who can broker the deal that finally gets the Argos into BMO Field. Cohon may be able to put a bow on his tenure by solving the Argosí problem before he leaves and, in doing so, would cement his legacy as perhaps the gameís best-ever commissioner. Regardless of whether or not heís able to get it done, it is time that the league office hires a commissioner who is a football guy first. Cohon took the league to a new level of success by initially controlling the message that was coming out of the head office in Toronto. He then was able to shift the focus to the field, where it should be, so that he could take care of some of the gameís biggest items on the agenda. Under his leadership, we saw the return of football to the nationís capital, acelebration of the 100th Grey Cup game that was second to none, a new game-changing television contract and the improvement, or redevelopment of almost all the stadiums in our country. Cohonís legacy will be that he took care of the big things, and has build a foundation for the league that should carry it for decades to come. Now it is time to take care of all the football-related small things that may have been overlooked while Ottawa was being added and stadiums were being built. You hear it all the time from coaches - if you take care of the little details, the fundamentals, the rest will take care of itself. The following are starting points, some bigger than others, but all football-related and all important to the growth of the game, and thoughts as to some of the items that should move to the top of the agenda and why a football guy in the commissionerís chair would help get them done. Now is the time that the league explores and develops a pension for coaches. Regardless of nationality, a coach who has dedicated his life to our great game and invested between seven and 10 years in the CFL should be rewarded for that dedication and loyalty. The new commissioner needs to reward the guys who say goodbye to their families in May and donít see them again until end of November with a small nest egg once they retire. Who better for commissioner than a former player or coach to understand the importance of rewarding our coaching lifers? It is time to support our officials more by increasing the budget in this area. That is not to say that the league office is currently neglecting the refs, but itís time to start investing on improving, rather than just talking about improving, officiating. The gameís officials are men of integrity who do a fantastic job with what is perhaps the toughest sport on the planet to officiate. Itís time they were paid accordingly. Head refs should not have to hold down another job in the offseason. They should be paid enough that they can be working on their game 12 months of the year. The new commissioner needs to sell to the board on just how important that investment is and how it will pay off. It is time to rewrite the leagueís media policy and put rules in place that every team will adhere to or will be fined. There is currently a media policy in the league; it just lacks consistency. A press conference before a game in Toronto looks very different than one in Calgary. Those conferences should be held at the stadium or a professional venue and should include the home and visiting teams back to back. Currently, the visiting team, at times, will do their media availability at a hotel lobby or do it at the stadium but hours after the home team is long gone. Depth charts need to be accurate and in the hands of the media two days before games. so that stories can be written about the stars of the game. It is time to better legislate the practice policy whereby, teams get one closed practice per week. Then, during the open practices, cameras can roll for a lot longer than a few minutes while the guys stretch and any and all players are available to the media on those days. Injury updates need to become mandatory with consistent language. A commissioner with a football backgground can communicate with coaches and players why this new policy is so important.dddddddddddd Also, he would not for a minute be persuaded into thinking that switching a couple of guys on a depth chart to mislead the media, intentionally or not, actually helps you win. It is time to work on improving protocol with regards to player discipline. Kevin McDonald at the league office is currently in charge of that and does an excellent job, but this area can be improved upon, as well. We need to speed up the process and it is time for full disclosure, whereby all rulings are put on video and uploaded to the CFL website explaining the major decisions and why they were made. The new commissioner needs a football background to best facilitate improvement in this area. Also, the current rules committee process is very good, but it goes without saying that adding a commissioner with a football background would be beneficial. Mark Cohon was able to negotiate a new CBA with the CFLPA, which is excellent, but now the question is, are the two sides currently working on the next deal? Why wait for a few months before the current agreement expires? The time is right now to start working on the trust level and relationship between the league and its most important asset, the players. If the next commissioner is a football guy, finding that level of trust becomes that much easier. The new commissioner needs to have watched enough football on television to be able to work together with TSN to continue to improve on the overall presentation of the game. We can all improve, and that includes TV, and a commissioner who has been involved with the game his whole life will be able to work with television to improve the product. A commissioner who, at one time, played the game or coached will have watched enough of the game on TV to be able to work with the network from a position of experience. The time is now to start investing in a much bigger way in amateur football in our country and start to work towards improving the working relationship between amateur and high school football presidents and leaders and the CFL commissioner. Itís time to initiate flag or touch football into the physical education curriculum of every school in Canada. In PE, kids are asked to learn almost every sport available, as well as square dancing and yoga, so why not add touch or flag football to that agenda? A commissioner with a football background would understand how to implement initiatives like that in a safe way. There are still some big projects on the agenda when it comes to growing the Canadian Football League, like the Argos at BMO and expansion into the Maritimes. It would also be naive to think that developing a pension plan for coaches is a small project or that any new idea, no matter how small, wouldnít come with a price tag. A corporate mogul in Toronto would be will prepared to work on those big projects and to balance budgets; however, BMO is close and, if common sense prevails, will happen. And expansion to the Maritimes is possible, but at least five to 10 years away. The next commissioner needs a background in football. He needs to roll up his sleeves and spend the next five to 10 years improving the on-field product and everything surrounding it. He needs to have the respect of the coaches, GMs and players because he was once in the same trench, trying to find a way to win a football game, just like they are now. He needs to have watched enough football on TV and been involved in the game at the highest levels, to know the dynamic in a locker room, what is fair access and what isnít, and what football fans like when they watch the game, both in the stadiums and on television. He needs to unite all the stakeholders in the game from minor flag football for ten year olds to our high schools and our outstanding college programs. Corporate expertise can be hired when needed and, in fact, there is already a great corporate presence in the league office right now in Michael Copeland. He has tremendous experience in the boardroom, has worked with the governor and is well equipped to broker the BMO deal. An accountant is needed anyway to handle salary cap regulations and balancing budgets and should be hired. However, the next commissioner needs to be a football guy. ' ' '

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