A round-up of the latest NHL CBA headlines, the Coyotes highlight the risky economics of building sports stadiums, and updates on Chris Pronger and Erik Gudbranson.
SPORTSNET.CA: CBA talks between the NHL and NHLPA are “likely” to resume today. The current CBA expires on September 15.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle explains what is truly at stake in these CBA negotiations is $1.28 billion US:
“It’s a total figure that works out to $320-million a season over the next four years if league revenues continue to grow at the same 7-per-cent rate they have since the last lockout, but it speaks to how far the two sides have to go to get back on the ice by Oct. 11.”
OTTAWA SUN: Minnesota Wild (and former Ottawa Senator) center Zenon Konopka, who’s been in New York attending this weekend’s meetings, remains hopeful a deal can be reached before September 15th, but acknowledged a lot of hard work is required.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks notes NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his allies like to point to the NFL and NBA recently getting their players to agree to a lesser share of revenue, but Brooks points out none of those players lost any money on their existing contracts. The NHL, meanwhile, seeks to claw back more money from the players in the form of increased escrow payments.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher wonders if it might be time to consider getting rid of the NHLPA, especially if it should cave again to the owners’ demands.
THE ATLANTIC: Highlights the Phoenix Coyotes as an example of the risky economics of constructing new sports stadiums in hopes of attracting more fans.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited “tweets” from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the status of concussed Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who (according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren) is still experiencing headaches and is “the same”, meaning he’s made little progress in his recovery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say it, but it appears to me Pronger’s playing career is over.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson suffered a shoulder injury during recent training which will require treatement.