NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – September 19, 2012.

The latest collection of notable NHL lockout headlines.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the next 7-10 days could be a crucial period in NHL CBA negotiations, which will determine if some traction can be gained in the talks, or if there could be a “freezing-out” period similar to that of the previous lockout eight years ago.

NATIONAL POST: An overview of the NHL economy, including the “three glaring structural problems” (burying bad contracts in the minors, calculating the salary cap based upon league-wide revenues, salary cap floor is too high) of the just-expired CBA.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remember, this was the CBA the owners killed a season to get. This is one reason I believe the NHLPA should agree to a 50-50 split with the league and negotiate off that, since the owners – past and present – are historically short-sighted in collective bargaining, meaning it’ll probably work to the players advantage again.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts suggests the moderate and smaller-revenue owners could be key toward pushing the “rich hawks” among them toward a new CBA. Sean Gordon, meanwhile, reports Flyers Maxime Talbot and Bruno Gervais are looking into a plan which would see some locked-out NHL players team up to barnstorm around Quebec for charity.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem with that is league commissioner Gary Bettman needs the approval of only eight owners to maintain or lift the lockout. If 22 owners were to revolt and demand an end to the lockout, that won’t be enough, because some of those eight would include influential “hawks” like Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, Philadelphia’s Ed Snider, Minnesota’s Craig Leipold, and Ottawa’s Eugene Melnyk

 EDMONTON JOURNAL: The NHL lockout has left its on-ice officials in limbo.

USATODAY: the NHLPA is working toward restoring the players insurance after it was cancelled by the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league did the same thing the last two lockouts, and the PA picked up the cost.

Former NHLer Mike Modano believes players won’t win in lockout.

ESPN.COM: Former NHL star Mike Modano, speaking from his personal experience of the previous lockout, doesn’t believe the current one is worth it for NHL players, noting they’ll never get back the time and money lost to a lengthy lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s not the only former NHL star (Dave Andreychuk, Bill Guerin) to speak out against the futility of the PA trying to win a battle of attrition against the owners. A cynic would suggest it’s fine for them to have that opinion since they earned their millions, but they went through two lockouts, and learned the hard way following the last one that the longer a lockout goes, the worse it becomes for the players and the union. Again, I don’t believe the players should capitulate, but they need to be more flexible and negotiate off a 50-50 split of revenue. The longer this lockout goes, the more it favors the owners.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Hockey Canada isn’t on board with staging a Summit Series involving locked out Canadian and Russian NHL players, and Sidney Crosby currently has no plans to head overseas to play during the lockout, largely due to insurance costs, but could consider it if the lockout stretches into November or December.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot of focus lately has been upon the notable locked-out stars heading overseas, but a significant number currently aren’t considering that option.

CSNBAYAREA.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe is optimistic there’s enough time to reach an agreement on a new CBA without costing part of the season.

NJ.COM: Devils head coach Pete DeBoer is optimistic the lockout will be short-lived.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping the optimism of Clowe and DeBoer is rewarded. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anschutz company, which owns the LA Kings and their arena, is putting the team and arena up for sale.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting timing to sell the defending Stanley Cup champions, but the real reason is believe the company intends to build a football stadium next to the Staples Center in hopes of attracting an NFL team. More money in pro football than in pro hockey.

SUN-SENTINEL: The Florida Panthers announced yesterday it was laying off team employees due to the lockout. Among those being laid off is mascot Stanley C. Panther, or rather, the performer who wears the mascot costume.

8 Comments

  1. Another day of depression for us passionate fans. Ugh…..

  2. I am officially finished with National Hockey League. The players, making the millions they make, have no right to all the concessions they want from the owners. It is disgusting to witness the greed and I am choosing to walk away and forget I was ever a fan of this bull crap league. My only entertainment in sports will come via college football, period. Good riddance, you bunch of crybabies!!!

  3. The more I think about this, the more it upsets me. When did they start this Bettman only needs 8 owners to facilitate or end a lockout? That isn’t even a majority of the owners. For this year, he only needed 7 since the NHL, as of right now, owns PHX.

    This really needs to be changed to reflect a majority for a lockout and not just 8. The question here is, will it ever be changed? It means the big “hawks” will run the NHL and the teams that don’t make the big bucks have to sit idly by and vote in their favor because it would be pointless to vote the way they want. All owners need their voices hear and not just 8.

    Makes me wonder if the unanimous vote for a lockout was just the actual 8 who raised their hands first then the rest were going, well sort of pointless to vote against it now, they have their 8. We may as well raise our hands too.

    To me, this is a huge problem with how the NHL is run at the BOG, and really needs to be changed so ALL owners get a voice heard, and not just 8.

  4. There are two things I look forward to in the winter: shoveling my driveway and watching the Rangers. It disgusts me that the one thing I’m looking forward to this winter is unpaid manual labor. Further disgusts me that the Rangers are, more than likely, one of those Big Eight who are effectively causing the problems.

  5. So why not ask Walmart to share revenue with Zellers and the Bay, after all, their cashiers make about the same money? Why not ask McDonalds to share revenue with the corner Italian restaurant, their servers make about the same money? People, its not our money to share. Once you pay for the product, the money belongs to them, and just like you, me and everyone else(who isnt married) the money is yours to spend and share as you see fit and no-one on this Gods green earth has the right to tell you otherwise. The 6 teams that are making substantial profits are entitled to that money and they have absolutely no obligation to share it with anyone. You also cannot force any franchise that is losing money to pull up stakes, no matter how much more sense it makes to put them somewhere else. Theoretically it would be a wonderful world if everyone shared everything and we were all equal, but that Sesame Street Utopia doesn’t exist, and reality is that in any business, some will do well, some will get along, and some will struggle and possibly fail. The players and the media need to let go of this. Seriously. The four major Canadian banks made over 8 Billion in profit (not revenue, but profit) and do you see them throwing a few million to the local credit union? And by the way, my wife worked for RBC and trust me, they didnt pay 57% of Banking Related Revenue (BRR) to their employees, hell they arent even allowed to form a union.

    And how concerned is the NHLPA about the survivability of the league, according to Nik Kypreos on his talk show Tuesday afternoon, his sources say that the players would be more willing to contract 4 teams rather than consider a 50/50 deal. Think about that for a second. The union, which represents all the players in the league, is willing to lose 200 contracts, and 84 NHL jobs to make sure they don’t have to give up 15% in salary to get to the 50/50 mark. Every NHL source has indicated that the league would start tomorrow with a 50/50 revenue split and a $200 million rollback (obviously there are other lesser issues to deal with as well). Now that rollback works out to an average of $250K(or a months total pay) to the average player. Not a small amount. But that would keep the average salary over $2 million a year. So the players, who just want to play mind you, would rather screw almost a 100 of their own, than sacrifice a small portion of income as a whole. I wonder how the 4th liners hearing this across the league feel about their big money brothers. I wonder how many more teams the NHLPA would be willing to sacrifice before they agree to 50/50? Maybe your favorite team? Maybe mine? Arrogant pricks. Also, according to an interview with Logan Couture on Tuesday afternoon, he let slip something that might indicate that the NHLPA isn’t as united as they pretend to be when talking about teammate Dan Boyle. To quote “Danny is 36 and I am the youngest player on the team, and we have talked about the lockout and obviously we don’t agree. This may be one of, if not the last year in the NHL for him and while I understand his point of view I support my fellow Union members”. Wow, I don’t know if it was a slipup, or a young kid not thinking before he spoke, but if what he said is accurate, and more of the “older” players in the league think like Dan Boyle, then this lockout might not be as long as we fear.

  6. Old Soldier, although I have reason to disagree with some of the parts of your first paragraph I really enjoyed reading the second part.

    Lyle, I’m a little surprised that Minnesota’s Craig Leipold and Ottawa’s Eugene Melnyk are considered to be ‘hawks’. This is the first time I’ve read this so I guess I’m a little intrigued to the source of this info. One owner has spent big (Leipold) while the other is barely at (?) the cap floor. What do you think makes all the ‘hawks’ bedmates?

    • Leipold and Melnyk were front-and-center for Bettman during the last lockout, and continue to be among his biggest supporters. How do you think Leipold got out of Nashville and parachuted into Minnesota?

  7. I haven’t gone to an NHL game in 10 years and don’t subscribe to cable.It was diluted 10 years ago and is worse than ever now.Contract,contract ,contract.The European players and Asian players may as well stay there now.The money for which they came here for 30 years ago is now on par.Most of them leave at the end of their careers anyway.Let’s have a global league.Twenty or so North American teams and a comparable number in Europe and Asia.A Stanley Cup awarded in this hemisphere and then a Global Cup series later.Hopefully before June.I might even buy a ticket.Yawn.