NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2012.

Among this morning’s notable NHL lockout headlines: NHL & NHLPA to resume CBA talks today, ALRB ruling due today on NHLPA attempt to block lockout in Alberta, the Winter Classic may be in jeopardy, and longtime Red Wings PA announcer Budd Lynch has passed away.

CBC.CA: The NHL and NHLPA will resume CBA negotiations today in New York, but while the two sides agree talks are being carried on in good faith, they also believe they’re a long way toward reaching agreement on a new CBA.

 TORONTO STAR: NHLPA director Donald Fehr warns a prolonged lockout could result in player unhappiness over continuing to perform under a salary cap.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the PA tried to put the salary cap up for negotiation, kiss this season goodbye. That’s non-negotiable for the owners. If the PA insists, the league can counter with non-guaranteed contracts, and this situation only worsens. I feel this is just empty rhetoric by Fehr, part of the jawing back and forth between the two sides.

THE TENNESSEAN: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly claimed the league is trying to look out for the best interests of non-traditional hockey markets like the Nashville Predators in the next CBA.

 THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts ponders over the unwillingness of NHL owners to engage in more lucrative revenue-sharing to help struggling teams in non-traditional hockey markets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the NHL were truly serious about helping struggling clubs, it would engage in more lucrative revenue sharing. Granted, it won’t make incompetent management smarter, but at least it provides those teams with a fighting chance. What the league is currently proposing is just a cash grab from the players, which benefits the bigger market clubs but does little to assist struggling franchises. Remember, cost certainty was supposed to save those teams, but it failed in part because the revenue-sharing system was a joke.

Many of the bigger market owners, including the hawkish ones driving this current lockout, don’t want to significantly share more revenue. Call it greed, call it their belief that revenue sharing is akin to socialism (which works quite well for the NFL), whatever the reason, it’s apparent those big market owners aren’t really interested in assisting their struggling peers. What the league is offering now merely kicks this problem down the road a few years, in hopes it’ll go away. If it doesn’t, squeeze the players for more and kick it down the road again. At some point, however, the NHL will have to get serious about this, or face the reality of relocating or contracting franchises.

EDMONTON SUN: The Alberta Labour Relations Board is expected to rule today on the NHLPA’s application to rule the NHL lockout illegal in Alberta.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not expecting the ALRB to rule against the lockout.

USA TODAY: More concern over the fate of this season’s Winter Classic, as the NHL has no plans to visit the game’s Ann Arbor, Michigan site this month.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Sports legal analyst Eric Macramalla explains the unlikelihood the NHLPA could try to decertify to end the lockout.

Long time Wings PA announcer Budd Lynch has passed away.

 MLIVE.com: Budd Lynch, long time PA announcer and former broadcaster for the Detroit Red Wings, passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to his family, friends, and the Red Wings organization.


  1. Bottom line for the NHL owners. Make a decision. Are you one business with 30 locations or 30 separate competitors? It can’t be both.
    If you are one business, then you need to support each franchise to make the whole business survive. That means significant revenue sharing. If you are competitors in market, then do like any other business and forget the niceties of helping the other teams, and run your business to do the best for you, and let the chips fall where they may.
    At that point, the league will shrink by about 4 teams, perhaps more, and the healthy will continue to feed on the weak.

  2. As far as most businesses go, it is basically eat what you kill or in other words feast or famine, it’s on you and no one is coming to give you a welfare like handout. I understand in some aspects that it is a league and if all 30 teams (at this moment) are to survive then the rich need to help their poorer and weaker sisters but what is stopping some of those teams from padding the loss columns and reaching their greedy hands out for more than they deserve? It is human nature for some people that if there is a way to get money they don’t honestly deserve they will find a way to put their grubby little hands in the family’s cookie jar.
    Personally, it strikes me as folly to financially buoy up teams that can’t make a go of it and just serves to water down the total product. Sure you employ more hockey players but is that really the purpose of the NHL? Sports teams are in the entertainment business and if the product doesn’t attract the paying public then find a new director or close the show.
    I am old enough to remember watching hockey when there were only six teams and I really enjoyed it. I also witnessed expansion and the highs and lows of that exercise and saw a number of teams folded and I enjoyed hockey. Now with thirty teams and hockey being streamed seven nights a week I am picking a few teams that I like to watch along with my favourite team and find that I am much more critical of the product on the ice and wouldn’t mind if teams that can’t make a living in their area of choice either move or go the way of the Dodo. I believe if that were to happen it would only strengthen the product both on the ice and at the bank.

  3. I agree on the first two comments. Lyle, you seem to believe as many do that 1) The greediest of owners are driving the lockout, and 2) These same owners are tired of propping up the losers. Why then do they allow Gary to insist on keeping teams in dog markets (no pun intended Phoenix) where the experiment has failed? Why do some of the richest men in the world not realize when you take a start up franchise and allow it to relocate itself to the boonies, that it will struggle to fill seats? The large successful Franchises (financially I mean) like Toronto and New York, that generate the profits to support the bloodsuckers, lose major money during a lockout that will never be recovered.The Coyotes, Panthers etc will actually lose less money by being shut down. What billionaire team owner does not see the twisted irony in that? If all they are looking for is tax losses, why do they need more revenue? Drop a few teams or swallow your pride andrelocate to a real hockey market, as Foster Hewitt said, “Hello Canada….” C’mon Gary, you are too smart for theses dumb ass owners. Do the right thing and show the owners, not the players, that you have the testicular fortitude to act in the best interests of everyone.

  4. Murph, are you for real? Gary works for the owners, he’s not interested in doing anything except what he’s told!
    The owners want Phx. so they get Phx. …there’s no common sense here, and Canadian teams have no say, except what the 30 owners decide they have! …anything else is just BS!