NHL Lockout Canadian Corner – October 16, 2012.

Updates on Max Pacioretty, Sergei Gonchar, John-Michael Liles, Shawn Horcoff, Jim Slater and Sven Baertschi.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty remains critical of the NHL’s position in its CBA talks with the NHLPA.

Gonchar won’t stay in Russia when lockout ends.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar intends to play out his contract with the Senators if the lockout ends during this season, after which he’d prefer to play one more season in the NHL. Craig Custance reports Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff is critical of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles will be coaching a prep high school team in Culver, Indiana. Liles played for the same school back in the late 1990s.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Jim Slater recently took his family to Churchill, Manitoba to watch some polar bears.

CALGARY HERALD: Promising Flames forward Sven Baertschi is off to a hot start with the club’s AHL affiliate in Abbotsford, BC.

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  1. If Horcoff did go to Russia everyone knows he is not making the same money as he does in the NHL. Hork I’m an Oilers fan but have to admit you are one of the most over paid players in the league, last I checked it was an owner cutting your cheque. Notice how these players love beating on the commissionaire but don’t say anything about their actual owner of their team. Just once I would love an owner to come out and say what were we thinking giving a player like Horcoff this kind of money, I mean really. Personalty if they shut down the league for 2 years and then rebuilt the league with 20 or so teams I would be in favor of that. Too many teams paying silly money to players who should be playing in the AHL. Let players like Ovi stay in Russia and include 4 teams from Europe as part of the league. It would be a lot more interesting. What makes soccer a much more dominant sport is the money this sport generates, A lot of the money comes from the European championship which pays these clubs huge money with each round they survive. If Hockey could produce something similar then the game would really take off. Right now the sport is Regional, nothing more, the players should count their blessing that they make what they make, for a Regional sport average 2 Million a year is a pretty good salary, unless you are Hork then this is Chicken feed..