NHL urging NHLPA to make a proposal, Alberta Labour Relations Board rules against NHLPA, CBC has a lot at stake in bidding for next NHL TV contract, and Gary Bettman may be pissing off a new generation of NHL stars.
TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA held five hours of meetings in two separate bargaining groups on Wednesday discussing secondary issues. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly believes the NHLPA is working on a new proposal and is urging the PA to make it as soon as possible, citing a need for movement in negotiations. Daly also bemoaned the lack of progress in negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As of this writing, no word from NHLPA Director Donald Fehr if a new proposal is forthcoming.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Alberta Labour Relations Board has ruled against the NHLPA’s efforts to have the NHL lockout declared illegal in that province.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The CBC could face stiff competition in the next NHL TV rights negotiations.
SPORTSNET.CA: Nick Kypreos on how NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is pissing off a new generation of NHL stars; those who didn’t go through the previous lockout and never had anything to lose…until now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should be interesting to see how keen those young players might be to participate in future NHL events where those stars would be expected to promote the league, like the NHL All-Star Game, especially if this turns into another season-killing lockout.
TORONTO SUN: Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry took to Twitter to advise NHL players to “quit whining” via Twitter and the media over how Bettman and the league are handling this labor dispute. “I know it’s hard to control 700 guys but you don’t hear the owners speaking out…Quit ticking them off, why make them more determined?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cherry knows the NHL owners are under a strict gag order and cannot speak out or risk stiff penalties from the league, right? No, of course he didn’t…