Check out the latest lockout news of your favorite Canadian NHL team.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla indicates the players don’t trust the owners, and league commissioner Gary Bettman, since the last lockout and the imposition of the previous CBA. Iginla points out how Bettman lauded that CBA as the cure-all for the league, but is now demanding more from the players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The players mistrust of ownership is justified. They feel if they give in to the owners’ demands again, they will continue to be squeezed in future CBA negotiations. There appears a willingness among the player to reduce their share of HRR, but not as much as the league demands, nor do they want revenue sharing to be funded by the players. I believe if the league were to offer up a revenue-sharing system in which the big market teams contribute and not the players, the PA would be more willing to accept a 50-50 split.
VANCOUVER SUN: Former Canucks star and MoDo GM Markus Naslund would love to have the Sedin twins on his club as it has lurched out to a slow start to this season in the Swedish Elite League.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sedins would love to play there if the lockout drags on into mid-season, but if the Swedish Elite League continues to ban locked-out NHL players unless they agree to play the entire season there, Naslund’s club might be waiting a while for the Sedins.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators centre Kyle Turris is still mulling his lockout options.
TORONTO SUN: Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur isn’t optimistic about a quick resolution to the NHL lockout.
CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has returned to KHL team Ak-Bars Kazan, where he played for four season prior to joining the Habs last season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Derek Meech’s hopes of cracking the lineup this season have been postponed by the lockout, but he’s maintaining an optimistic attitude.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers owner Daryl Katz has rejected Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel’s request for a public meeting over a new downtown arena for the club.