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The Penguins know that it will be a major test for them to contain Erik Karlsson.
Karlsson has a goal and five assists in five games during the playoffs. "I don't think he changes your game plan," Craig Adams said. "It just makes things more difficult when he's out there. His biggest asset is his skating. He carries the puck up the ice, but you can't always count on him playing at the point. He's just so mobile. He's got that ability to jump into the play and the speed to get back."
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Through all the deadline deals the Penguins have made over the past few years, Craig Adams has remained a vital player.
He's a fourth-liner, but a key one at that. It's notable that as general manager Ray Shero has made moves to bolster the team's playoff runs, Adams has stuck in the lineup and been an important penalty killer, too. "I try to finish my checks," Adams said. "I block shots. I try to kill penalties well. I try to win faceoffs. That's something I'm really trying to get better at. I have a little bit of experience ... "
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Craig Adams said he's feeling fine after taking a punch from the Islanders' Matt Martin during a fight.
Adams dropped the gloves with Martin in the first period and left the game for a brief time. He ended up playing 11:58 and also recorded an assist. "Just procedural stuff," Adams said. "I'm OK."
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Craig Adams potted two goals in the Penguins' 3-1 win over the Jets on Friday night.
Adams is nothing more than a fourth-liner with no fantasy upside. The goals were his first points of the season. James Neal also had a goal, giving him 11 on the year, good for second in the league.
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Craig Adams sees three levels of issues the NHL and the union need to work out before a collective-bargaining agreement is reached.
First, is league revenues. Next, is less important components like drug-testing, travel, scheduling and safety. And finally, contractual issues such as structure of entry-level deals, free agency, arbitration and maximum length of deals. "It's all tied in," the Penguins' NHLPA representative said. If you want to have growth in salaries and have guys be able to have leverage in contract negotiations and flexibility throughout their careers, then you need to have some of those things."
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The salary cap could become a bargaining tool if the union and NHL continue to remain far apart on a new collective bargaining agreement.
"As far as the cap goes - look, everyone says that everything's on the table," Adams said. "So far in our proposals we've kept the cap. That's been our choice because we want to play, get a deal for both sides. But everything is negotiable." The league sought a hard cap during the last lockout. This time, the major sticking point is that the league wants to cut players' split of revenue sharing, and Adams acknowledged their first offer was one that galvanized the union.
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Craig Adams is frustrated with what he feels is a lack of interest to negotiate on the league's part.
"We asked the league to continue the meeting into Monday," Adams said, who was involved in talks over the weekend. "They said they couldn't. The league wasn't interested, I guess. They said they needed to do internal stuff. Hopefully we'll meet again soon." He was also discontent with the lack of progress the two sides over that span by talking about the "smaller things." Talks are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, but the threat of cancellation for regular-season games is quickly approaching.