Coyotes activate Nedved, put Ricci on IR

Updated: October 13, 2005, 11:34 PM ET
Associated Press

Phoenix Coyotes: The team activated center Petr Nedved on Thursday and placed center Mike Ricci on injured-reserve with a broken nose.

Nedved has been sidelined since straining his groin in the Oct. 5 season-opener at Vancouver.

Phoenix placed Ricci on the IR retroactive to last Saturday, when he was hit in the face by a deflected shot in the home-opener against Minnesota. He has broken his nose three other times in his NHL career, and is adjusting to wearing a visor on his helmet in practices this week.

Los Angeles Kings: Players on the Kings are opposed to the mandatory wearing of visors, the Canadian Press said.

The NHL Players' Association is holding an online survey of its players regarding the use of visors but the Kings took a vote in their dressing room recently even though the union is actually not asking players to formally vote on it, CP said.

The team unanimously voted against mandatory visors.

"I think it should be an option, but not mandatory," star winger Pavol Demitra, who started wearing a visor after a potentially career-ending eye injury in 2000, told the Los Angeles Daily News. "A lot of guys hate them. I used to hate them. I almost lost my eye so I started wearing one, but I would still feel more comfortable without it."

The league has long wanted to make visors mandatory but it's a collectively bargained issue so it needs the union's blessing. The NHLPA has repeatedly asked its players how it felt about the issue, and the overwhelmingly response has always been that they want the right to make their own individual choice.

Minor league union threatens suit
A union representing 1,300 minor league hockey players threatened to file an antitrust lawsuit against the NHL over a provision in the league's new collective bargaining agreement, the Toronto Sun reported Thursday.

The Professional Hockey Players' Association, whose members play in the AHL and ECHL, said the provision restricts the salaries of players in the minors, the newspaper said.

In a letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Jeffrey Kessler, a lawyer representing the union, wrote that players "are suffering injury every day" that the NHL's new CBA is in place.

At issue is the provision in the CBA that calls for players making more than $75,000 in the minors to be subject to NHL waivers when they are recalled.

"This rule has the effect of imposing a wage ceiling of $75,000 in the AHL ... which also has the effect of suppressing wages for all players in the AHL," Kessler wrote.

Jonathan Weatherdon, a spokesman for the NHL's players' union, said the NHLPA is "reviewing the correspondence."


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