In today’s roundup of notable NHL headlines: talks between NHL and NHLPA break off again, league poised to cancel opening games of 2012-13 season, ESPN3 to televise KHL games, and updates on Bobby Ryan and Marian Hossa.
TSN.CA; CBA talks between the NHL and NHLPA ended yesterday with the two sides no closer to a resolution to end their current labor dispute. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly blamed the PA by claiming their unwillingness to compromise, while PA director Donald Fehr blamed the league for implementing the lockout, which cost the league $100 million from cancelled pre-season games.
TORONTO SUN: The NHL is now poised to cancel the opening games of the 2012-13 regular season. An announcement could come as early as today.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Daly didn’t fully dismiss the notion of the two sides bringing in a mediator to resolve the dispute. Fehr and league commissioner Gary Bettman have reportedly discuss the possibility.
NEW YORK TIMES: Jeff Z. Klein breaks down the three NHL lockouts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fehr and Bettman are reportedly expected to talk later this week, keeping alive the possibility more discussions could be in the offing. For now, it’s clear the league isn’t budging, and expects the PA to make an new proposal, one closer to a 50-50 split. Until the PA makes another proposal, talks aren’t likely to make much progress. Bringing in a mediator is possible, but it certainly doesn’t appear as though that will happen anytime soon.
FORBES.COM: Chris Smith doesn’t believe ESPN’s recent agreement to air KHL games on ESPN3 will do much to grow the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps not, but it’s a good way for ESPN to get a dig in at the NHL, while providing the KHL some measure of North American exposure.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons indulges one of his fantasies by dreaming of a more affordable NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I assume in this fantasy the Toronto Maple Leafs are perennial Stanley Cup champions…;)
COURIER POST ONLINE: Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, a native of Cherry Hill, has been spending his spare time during the lockout hanging out with members of the Philadelphia Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE; That should provide some fodder for bored rumormongers lacking stuff to write about during the lockout.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Good news for Blackhawks fans, as Marian Hossa took to the ice for the first time since suffering a concussion during this spring’s playoffs.