Early Morning NHL Headlines – August 29, 2011.

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. 

5 Comments

  1. Only in Quebec could they go around with the blame game and trying to make a topic out of why there isn’t as many Quebec-born players as if there is a quota or something. There isn’t as many, because there hasn’t been as many who made it to the big show in recent years. Not because of some sort of perceived discrimination, thats simply crap. Glad to see Gauthier put this guy in his place. Maybe he should run for office, since I would love to see that sort of mentality be used within the public service.

    As for McQuaid, I hope his day isn’t ruined with all the hurricane stuff since he only gets one day and he certainly earned it during the spring.

  2. I heard a rumour that in Quebec, we actually have more kids signing up for soccer than for hockey (less expensive and easier access. Too lazy to try and dig up the numbers right now though.

  3. Quebec hockey development is also under scrutiny for apparently not having adopted the Hockey Canada reccomendations which other provinces allegedly did. The article I read termed it as Quebec scrambling to catch up.

  4. Xjayce, I’ve heard the soccer thing as well, but across Canada, not just Quebec. With more immigration coming from soccer favoring nations and the often insane cost of registering for hockey it’s not much of a surprise really. I’m okay with that, i like soccer just fine and it would be nice if we could start getting as excited about it as the rest of the world does but we may see a degradation of our crown as “hockey kings” in the not too distant future.

  5. as a cynical Quebecoise, I would not be at all surprised if this “discrimination towards Quebec players” is more noise meant distract everybody from the crumbling and poorly maintianed infrastructure in Montreal. I’m ambivalent about soccer as a growing sport as it is more a summer/hockey off season sport. The two can co-exist. the real issue as has been mentioned is the cost of hockey. I have also heard/read/witnessed, grumpy people in various places gripping about ball hockey in the streets, and getting by-laws passed to ban it. That was always what kept hockey relavent in the off season for me as a kid.