Day Three of the NHL Lockout. Check out the latest headlines, including a list of players headed overseas over the course of the lockout.
TSN.CA: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly voiced his frustration over the lack of progress in NHL CBA talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay the Fehr brothers over at the NHLPA feel the same. The frustration of Bettman, Daly and the Fehrs doesn’t compare to that of NHL fans.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The next formal NHL lockout could be Wednesday at the earliest.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek on how the KHL has improved, but there will still be challenges for North American NHL players who decide to play there during the lockout. Roy MacGregor, meanwhile, writes about the impact the lockout could have upon charities.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Player agent Steve Bartlett isn’t expecting this lockout to be lengthy, suggesting it could be over in weeks, possibly by American Thanksgiving in late-November.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin is prepared for the lockout to last the entire season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let’s hope Bartlett is right and Ovechkin is proven wrong.
TORONTO SUN: Joe Warmington suggests if the NHL hired replacement players, it could bring the lockout to a swift end.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Easier said than done. For one, where will these players come from? The AHL? Not if they’re under NHL contracts, and I think AHL team owners and GMs wouldn’t be pleased with the NHL trying to gut their lineups, which could result in those teams hiring locked out NHL players (for AHL wages, of course) to fill the gaps. Even if the NHL were to do that, they’d have to dramatically slash prices, as fans won’t pay NHL prices to watch minor league talent. Ultimately, it would prove more costly to the league to do that. That’s why they didn’t go the replacement player route last time, and the reason I daresay they won’t consider that option again.
THE TENNESSEAN: The NHL lockout will benefit minor league teams, as the NHL clubs demote a number of players on two-way or entry-level contracts to the minors for the lockout’s duration.
SPORTINGNEWS.COM: Jesse Spector suggests former NHL player and current league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan might be able to broker a deal to end the lockout.
NEWSDAY: The NHL Lockout could cost Long Island $60 million in revenue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe that might spur local officials to build the Islanders a new arena, or renovate their existing one? Naaaahhhhh….
NEW YORK POST: The mass exodus of locked out NHL players to Europe could make NHL GMS nervous that they could lose their star players to injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Didn’t prevent the last lockout, won’t bring this one to an end.
TSN.CA: has a listing of players currently headed overseas to play in European leagues during the NHL lockout. Among the notables are Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar, Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky, Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, NY Rangers Rick Nash, Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec, and San Jose’s Joe Thornton.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: NY Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is returning to his native Slovakia and signing with the KHL’s HC Slovan Bratislava.
PUCK DADDY’S Dmitry Chesnokov tweeted “Alex Ovechkin will negotiate w/Dynamo Moscow today, per his agent. He also had contacts with CSKA, where Sergei Fedorov is the GM.”
LATIMES.COM: Kings star Anze Kopitar is reportedly on the verge of signing with Mora IK, a second division team in Sweden.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reported stars like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Claude Giroux, Brad Richards, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Jamie Benn are either mulling their options or intend for the time being on staying in North America.