Reaction from players on the Canucks, Senators, Flames and Jets to the latest NHL CBA offer, Max Pacioretty returns unexpectedly from Switzerland, the latest on the Oilers arena saga, and it won’t take long for the Maple Leafs staff to get their arena ready for NHL hockey.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender and player rep Cory Schneider is “encouraged” but also “cautious” about the NHL’s latest CBA proposal. Manny Malhotra, a member of the PA’s bargaining committee, was a little more reserved in his reaction, anxious to examine the fine points of the league’s offer, while Dan Hamhuis wonders what the breakdown of HRR would be.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips called the league’s latest offer “a step in the right direction”, and expects the NHLPA to make a counter-offer soon.
CALGARY SUN: Flames forwards Matt Stajan (the Flames player rep) and Alex Tanguay are also optimistic over the league’s offer, though Stajan is also concerned what the 50-50 split would be made up of in terms of hockey-related revenue.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd sees reason for optimism in the league’s latest proposal, but expects the NHLPA to make a counter-proposal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Definition of HRR remains an issue for the players, as it could shape the PA’s counter-offer. A report citing a league source claimed there’d be no change in the definition of HRR.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty has returned from Switzerland after playing only five games there and will receive treatment in Connecticut for an inflamed elbow, as well as prepare for a possible NHL season.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers owner Daryl Katz has decided not to attend a public hearing with Edmonton city council regarding plans for a new downtown arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t bode well for progress on an agreement for a new arena.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs brass claims it won’t take long to get the Air Canada Center ready for NHL hockey if a new CBA were implemented soon.