The NHL cancels all games for November, Winter Classic threatened. Check out the details and the latest reaction.
TSN.CA: The NHL has cancelled all games up to and including November 30.
DETROIT NEWS: No decision has been reached yet regarding the Winter Classic and the All Star Game, but those could be made as early as next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those wondering why the league would cancel those events – especially the Winter Classic – so early when they’re over two months away, apparently it has to do with the prep time required to stage those events.
ESPN.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/SPORTSNET.CA: Several players, including Ryan Suter, Martin Biron, and Patrick Marleau voiced their disappointment over the cancellation of the November schedule and their frustration with the league over its seeming unwillingness to negotiate with the NHLPA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to various reports, the players remain united in their stance against the league, but speculation has begun over how long that unity will hold as the lockout progresses and the players start missing paycheques.
ADWEEK.COM: Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts weighed in on the NHL lockout. “I can tell you we’re pretty disappointed with regard to the lockout,” Roberts said. “I don’t think we should say a heck of a lot more. I think that we’re just hopeful that the ownership and the players can get together and get on with the season.” Comcast owns the Philadelphia Flyers and has a majority stake in the NBC Sports Channel, which televises NHL games in the United States.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wonder if the league will fine Roberts for his comments?
TORONTO SUN: Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak interviewed hockey legend Ken Dryden, who blasted both sides, claiming there are no winners in this lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One side will trumpet victory when this lockout ends, that’s for sure, and claim it was all worthwhile. In 1995, it was the NHLPA; in 2005, it was the NHL.
SPORTING NEWS: Jesse Spector interviewed AHL president David Andrews, who spoke of the positive impact the NHL lockout is having on his league, particularly with young NHL stars like Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins playing for their club’s AHL affiliate.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Sean Gordon strikes an optimistic tone amid the current gloom settling over the NHL, predicting this lockout won’t be a season-killer as the last one.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The 2010 Chicago Blackhawks roster reunited for a charity game against a team of fellow locked-out NHL stars. The Blackhawks fell 16-15, though Patrick Kane scored five goals in a losing cause, raising over $353, 000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Illinois and Northwest Indiana.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues have hired former NHL star Sergei Zubov as a consultant to hockey operations.