Check out the latest reports and analysis on the NHL lockout, plus Jeremy Roenick doesn’t have kind words for Patrick Marleau in his new book, and Pascal Leclaire retires.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr said he and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly agree that “when the moment is right the deal could be done very quickly”, suggesting it could be completed in only a matter of days. Daly response to Fehr? “I hope he’s right”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Fehr sounded a positive note, his comments were fodder more for Cialis jokes on Twitter than in spreading any optimism over a resolution to the lockout.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie offered up his take on Sunday on the status of NHL CBA talks, suggesting at that point it was difficult to know where things stand.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I missed this in yesterday’s update but feel it worthwhile to post today, as not much has changed since McKenzie’s piece was published Sunday. It’s a lengthy, in-depth analysis of the situation from one of the best pundits in the business, and well worth the read.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector cautions NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman not to overplay his hand in negotiations with the NHLPA. Spector suggests that, having gotten the players to accept a 50-50 split, Bettman might be pushing the players too far by trying to impose stricter limits upon their contract rights.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell believes NHLPA director Donald Fehr is getting under the skin of NHL negotiators, explaining the players are resistant to changes to contract rights because they feel they’ve made enough concessions without getting any back from the league.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross believes this NHL season will begin at some point in December.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s not the only one. As frustrating as the current NHL CBA talks have been, there’s still plenty of time to get a deal done which would see the league open at some point next month. I still feel a deal could be reached by the end of November.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby isn’t happy with how one-sided the NHL CBA negotiations have been, voicing his frustration over the lack of progress and the league’s unwillingness to make concessions.
BOSTON GLOBE: Former Bruins forward Mark Recchi, who went through the last two lockouts, suggests the players should reach a new agreement with the league soon and get back to playing. Recchi points out the players are losing money they’re not going to get back, that the longer this standoff goes the worse the offers from the league will get, and they’ll eventually do fine under a new agreement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recchi makes some good points, but as Ken Campbell pointed out, the players feel if they keep making concessions without getting any from the league, nothing will prevent the owners from squeezing them again in future NHL CBA negotiations.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Nicholas J. Cotsonika reports the lockout loomed over this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle on how Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin represented the tail end of hockey’s high scoring era.
CBC.CA: Tim Wharnsby on Adam Oates’ winding road to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The small applause that greeted NHL commissioner Gary Bettman when he spoke at last night’s ceremony, and the scowls shot at him by some in the audience, provided an uncomfortable and unnecessary chill to the otherwise warm proceedings honoring this year’s inductees.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Jeremy Roenick had some unkind words for Patrick Marleau, his teammate during Roenick’s final two seasons in the NHL.
SLAM SPORTS: Former Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire has retired due to a recurring hip injury.