Bruins player rep believes the NHL can avoid another lockout…Adam McQuaid has a good turnout for his day with the Stanley Cup…Lightning forward Ryan Malone comments on his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery…Canadiens GM addresses claims of bias against Quebec players in NHL.
NESN.COM: Douglas Flynn recently interviewed Boston Bruins player representative Daniel Paille, who suggested it was possible the NHL and NHLPA could reach agreement on a new CBA without another work stoppage. “I think both sides know what’s at stake,” Paille said. “I think just having two lockouts in a row, especially one after the other, is not healthful on either side. I think hopefully both sides realize what’s at stake and realize that we want to build the fans base and the way to do that is to keep playing.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Paille is speaking for himself, but it’s a promising sign to hear a player rep talk like this, especially with the current CBA due to expire next September. There’s been a notable lack of vitriol between the league and the PA this time around, which could bode well for productive labour talks which avoid any form of work stoppage.
CBA.CA: reports the threat of Hurricane Irene didn’t prevent thousands of Prince Edward Islanders from turning out to help fellow Islander and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid enjoy his day with the Stanley Cup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was the first time the Cup has been brought home by an Island native since Brad Richards did so in 2004.
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendssen reported Lightning forward Ryan Malone is recovering well from off-season shoulder surgery, and expects to be ready when the Lightning opens their season on October 7 at Carolina.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for Malone and the Lightning, as it was originally expected he’d miss the first three months of the season.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Marc de Foy reports Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier dismissed speculation there was bias in the NHL against Quebec-born players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report went on to note the reason why there aren’t as money Quebec-born players in the NHL as in years past is because they’re not generating more third- and fourth-line players, goaltenders and defensemen.