In this morning’s roundup of notable lockout headlines: a look at the non-financial issues of the current CBA negotiations, a bad week for the league, the players expect to lose the entire season, and Kovalchuk tops Ovechkin in their first KHL showdown.
SPORTSNET.CA: John Shannon listed the non-financial issues of the current NHL CBA negotiations. Among them: player safety and working conditions, supplemental discipline, post-career coverage, drug-testing and the Olympics.
THE NATIONAL POST: Bruce Arthur on a bad week for the NHL, which included Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano being fined for his comments regarding the players and offer sheets, and Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz attempting to squeeze more concessions from the city of Edmonton over the construction of a new downtown arena.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins players Matt Cooke, Craig Adams and Pascal Dupuis discussed the importance of solidarity for the players’ union. Cooke brushed off suggestions players heading to Europe to play during the lockout tests that solidarity.
TORONTO SUN: Chris Stevenson reports the feeling in the players camp is that it’s a foregone conclusion this season will be lost to the lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last time, the players were told by then-PA director Bob Goodenow to be prepared to write off a season, perhaps two, but most assumed that lockout would only last half a season. When it didn’t, a revolt occurred within the PA and they eventually settled after the 2004-05 season was cancelled.
The owners apparently expect the players will cave again, rather than risk losing another season, and already there’s speculation Commissioner Gary Bettman could shut down the Winter Classic in November as a means to gain leverage over the PA. I believe if the players are fully prepared to lose the season, and this stretches into the summer without them wavering, it could be the owners – specifically the moderates – who crack, which could set off a revolt against Bettman and his small but influential cabal of hawkish owners. The owners are prepared to lose an entire season, but I don’t think they’re prepared to lose two. Regardless, here’s hoping it doesn’t come to this, and both sides smarten up and work out an agreement which saves this season.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Former Penguins goalie Brent Johnson is skating with several locked-out Capitals. An unrestricted free agent, Johnson hopes this lockout doesn’t spell the end of his NHL career.
NEW YORK TIMES: Alexander Ovechkin scored his first KHL goal, but it proved to be the only one for Dynamo Moscow, as they fell to SKA St. Petersburg by a score of 3-1. Ilya Kovalchuk made his KHL debut with St. Petersburg, and picked up an assist.
KHL.RU: Evgeni Malkin is still waiting for his first win in the KHL, as Mettalurg Magnitigorsk fell 2-1 to AK Bars Kazan on Saturday in overtime. Malkin has an assist in the game.
CHL.CA: NHL Central Scouting recently released their list of players to watch in the CHL this season.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Top QMJHL prospect Nathan MacKinnon is off to a hot start, with two goals and two assists powering the Halifax Mooseheads to an 8-1 thumping of the PEI Rocket.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacKinnon has been touted as the “next Sidney Crosby” in some circles. While it remains to be seen if he reaches or exceeds the lofty skill level of Crosby, there’s no denying he’s a very promising young player and appears destined for NHL stardom one day.
NHL.COM: Twenty years ago yesterday (September 23), Manon Rheaume made NHL history, becoming the first woman to play in an NHL game (albeit one period of an exhibition game) between the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues. Though her NHL tenure was short-lived, and she never played a regular season game, Rheaume was an inspiration for female hockey players everywhere, and is widely hailed as a pioneer for women’s hockey.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The NHL should heed the message behind Mike Thompson’s cartoon.