NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – September 24, 2012.

In this morning’s roundup of notable lockout headlines: a look at the non-financial issues of the current CBA negotiations, a bad week for the league, the players expect to lose the entire season, and Kovalchuk tops Ovechkin in their first KHL showdown.

SPORTSNET.CA: John Shannon listed the non-financial issues of the current NHL CBA negotiations. Among them: player safety and working conditions, supplemental discipline, post-career coverage, drug-testing and the Olympics.

THE NATIONAL POST: Bruce Arthur on a bad week for the NHL, which included Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano being fined for his comments regarding the players and offer sheets, and Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz attempting to squeeze more concessions from the city of Edmonton over the construction of a new downtown arena.

Cooke doesn’t begrudge players who head to Europe during the lockout.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins players Matt Cooke, Craig Adams and Pascal Dupuis discussed the importance of solidarity for the players’ union. Cooke brushed off suggestions players heading to Europe to play during the lockout tests that solidarity.

TORONTO SUN: Chris Stevenson reports the feeling in the players camp is that it’s a foregone conclusion this season will be lost to the lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last time, the players were told by then-PA director Bob Goodenow to be prepared to write off a season, perhaps two, but most assumed that lockout would only last half a season. When it didn’t, a revolt occurred within the PA and they eventually settled after the 2004-05 season was cancelled.

The owners apparently expect the players will cave again, rather than risk losing another season, and already there’s speculation Commissioner Gary Bettman could shut down the Winter Classic in November as a means to gain leverage over the PA. I believe if the players are fully prepared to lose the season, and this stretches into the summer without them wavering, it could be the owners – specifically the moderates – who crack, which could set off a revolt against Bettman and his small but influential cabal of hawkish owners. The owners are prepared to lose an entire season, but I don’t think they’re prepared to lose two. Regardless, here’s hoping it doesn’t come to this, and both sides smarten up and work out an agreement which saves this season.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Former Penguins goalie Brent Johnson is skating with several locked-out Capitals. An unrestricted free agent, Johnson hopes this lockout doesn’t spell the end of his NHL career.

 NEW YORK TIMES: Alexander Ovechkin scored his first KHL goal, but it proved to be the only one for Dynamo Moscow, as they fell to SKA St. Petersburg by a score of 3-1. Ilya Kovalchuk made his KHL debut with St. Petersburg, and picked up an assist.

KHL.RU: Evgeni Malkin is still waiting for his first win in the KHL, as Mettalurg Magnitigorsk fell 2-1 to AK Bars Kazan on Saturday in overtime. Malkin has an assist in the game.

CHL.CA: NHL Central Scouting recently released their list of players to watch in the CHL this season.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Top QMJHL prospect Nathan MacKinnon is off to a hot start, with two goals and two assists powering the Halifax Mooseheads to an 8-1 thumping of the PEI Rocket.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacKinnon has been touted as the “next Sidney Crosby” in some circles. While it remains to be seen if he reaches or exceeds the lofty skill level of Crosby, there’s no denying he’s a very promising young player and appears destined for NHL stardom one day.

NHL.COM: Twenty years ago yesterday (September 23), Manon Rheaume made NHL history, becoming the first woman to play in an NHL game (albeit one period of an exhibition game) between the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues. Though her NHL tenure was short-lived, and she never played a regular season game, Rheaume was an inspiration for female hockey players everywhere, and is widely hailed as a pioneer for women’s hockey.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The NHL should heed the message behind Mike Thompson’s cartoon.


  1. I’m starting to care less and less every day about this lockout. I was going to buy a New Jersey or two this season but I think I’ll save my money and buy something nice for my house or my wife. Every day I hear of more players ditching us fans in North America the more I want to see them lose a season. Then the NHL will roll everyone’s salaries back and get whatever concessions they want when 85% of the players that aren’t extremely rich crack from no pay and no attention. Eat it NHLPA

  2. One thing you are missing Lyle, is the fact that “if” the season is lost, the owners have absolutely no choice but to continue the lockout. The owners cannot afford to lose a year without something to show for it. Of the two parties, only one is a long term stakeholder. The players have only a short commitment to the league, and once the paychecks stop they move on.

    The owners are still there, and will still be there a decade from now. Like every union/management(private not public funded) negotiation, management always has the upper hand, and while they may make concessions to speed the process, the owners will never agree to “lose”.

    Also, someone please show me where this “overwhelming” support from players is? I am a member of THN/TSN/Sportsnet/CBC/ESPN hockey sites and comment frequently, as well as other non mainstream media blogs like Lyles, and if you check the comments section of each and everyone, the support if anything leans towards the owners (especially on TSN and ESPN). I dont tweet or do the facebook thing , and never will, so I dont know what is going on there, but I do know the “hardcore” enthusiasts like myself who have no life and spend way too much time thinking eating and sleeping hockey, are not among that group.

    And Lyle I would like to take issue with the comment “The owners apparently expect the players will cave again”. While I understand you dont agree with the owners, I think we could respect them enough as businessmen that they have more legitimate reasons to hold this lockout than a game of chicken. The fact is there are already many many cracks in this “unified” NHLPA, and they havent lost a paycheck yet. I would reserve judgement on the players commitment after they lose their first 2 paychecks (which is also about how much money they would lose in a rollback). There are many players who went through the last lockout who are making it clear that from their experience, it wasnt worth it.

  3. First off, I don’t think either party really cares who the general public is behind. Regardless, of the public, what are the motivations of the union? What are their goals? Most unions want job security, good/high wages and numbers- more members = a stronger union. I know I would be disappointed if I was a union member and fought for concessions only to have them taken away. What pi$$es union supporters off more than just about anything is the people (or the poor union guy) who want to give in because they have to pay the bills. With the union supporters rationale being, you wouldn’t have the wages you want to return to if union members hadn’t fought or negotiated for them in the first place!

    But in reality, this isn’t a traditional union management partnership. It is more like the big studios and the screen actors guild. We are talking big bucks and there is an enormous amount of greed/ego to go around. I just find the way contracts were handed out before the lockout with what is becoming more apparent- teams were planning on a roll back all along… it is just obscene. That is why players do not trust the league and how they operate. That is why the players made their proposal. And would prolly settle for a 50/50 split of HRR. League negotiations are a joke. It is like going into a car lot and offering 5k for a 50k car and then saying how about 25k, we moved up 20K!

  4. the longer the lockout goes on the more likely it is that Bettman finally gets a golden handshake and fades off into oblivion with the millions he’s earned from hockey. with most of the owners losing money i doubt there will be much loyalty to their errand boy Bettman should he not be able to convince the players to give up more money once again after achieving “cost certainty” and still not being able to make money. the systemic problems (most notably convincing people to actually support teams financially in troubled markets) that plague hockey need to be addressed and the longer a lockout goes the less likely that is to happen. maybe the best thing that could happen to the NHL is for 3 or 4 of those troubled franchises to not survive this lockout, perhaps both sides will start to work together if there’s a sense that jobs might actually be on the line.