NHL commissioner to contact Senators owner regarding recent comments on lockout, and the latest on Carey Price, Alex Edler, Jason Garrison and Justin Schultz.


Could Melnyk face league discipline?

OTTAWA CITIZEN:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman intends to contact Senators owner Eugene Melnyk regarding his recent comments toward the NHL lockout. Among his comments, Melnyk said ” “we should be playing hockey by now. Everybody knows it, and we’re not.” The report goes on to say if Melnyk is punished, it won’t be made public. He risks a fine as high as $1 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I must admit I’m surprised by the league’s reaction. Melnyk was among Bettman’s vocal supporters during the previous lockout, and I felt his comments yesterday were innocuous, spurring my flippant suggestion they were “league approved”. Evidently, Bettman disagrees, and whatever punishment Melnyk gets, don’t be shocked if it gets leaked to the press.

Some observers consider this a “crack” in the owners’ solidarity, but I believe that’s more wishful thinking. Until an owner publicly breaks from the league and openly criticizes Bettman’s handling of negotiations, remarks like Melnyk’s isn’t indicative of mutiny.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens goalie Carey Price suggests Bettman is engaged in a power struggle with the NHLPA

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defensemen Alexander Edler and Jason Garrison are skating again but still aren’t cleared for action by the Canucks.

TSN.CA: The AHL named Edmonton Oilers defense prospect Justin Schultz its player of the month for October.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oilers fans have to be excited over Schultz’s performance in the AHL thus far, where he’s outplayed notable teammates like Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.