Among today’s notably NHL headlines: CBA talks expected to resume on Tuesday, warnings the league risks damage to its fan base, an update on Cam Barker, Sidney Crosby sees greatness in OHL prospect, and two LA Kings scouts posthumously get their day with the Stanley Cup.
OTTAWA SUN: The NHL and NHLPA are expected to resume CBA negotiations on Tuesday in Toronto, but it’s doubtful the two sides will discuss the core economic issues driving the current lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, don’t expect any real progress toward a resolution to this lockout this week.
CBC SPORTS: Elliotte Friedman suggests the NHL could learn from Major League Baseball, which took a cue from fan anger in 2002 over another potential labor dispute to reach an agreement that avoided a players strike, leading to ongoing labor peace.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe it’s going to take a significant hit to the fan base before the NHL and NHLPA realize they’re alienating the fans and work together toward avoiding another labor dispute when this current lockout ends. If the fans come flocking back after this lockout, regardless of when it ends, that’ll only embolden the team owners to threaten another lockout whenever the next CBA ends, secure in the knowledge the fans will return.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson on Cam Barker’s fall from being a promising NHL defenseman to playing with the Dallas Stars farm team on a tryout contract.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Former Blues president John Davidson is back in St. Louis to contemplate his next move after spending a “very good two days” meeting with the Blue Jackets ownership. The club is courting Davidson as a potential president of hockey operations.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sees a lot of himself in Erie Otters 15-year-old sensation Connor McDavid.
USA TODAY: Los Angeles Kings scouts Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis posthumously had their day with the Stanley Cup on Sunday. Bailey and Bavis were on United Flight 175, which was highjacked and crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.