NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – September 25, 2012.

Among today’s notable collection of headlines: NHL, NHLPA hints of re-starting CBA talks, Oilers ownership threatens relocation, plus updates on Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Dan Ellis.

ESPN.COM: Yesterday’s meeting between the NHL and NHLPA over the finalization of last season’s HRR didn’t result in any firm dates on when the two sides would return to the CBA bargaining table. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly acknowledged the two sides remained in constant contact, suggesting the current situation is considerably better than around the same time during the last lockout.

TORONTO STAR: Daly, Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA leaders Donald and Steven Fehr mingled during last night’s NHLPA alumni association dinner, but if body language was any suggestion, things could look bleak. The Jewish holiday Yom Kippur on Wednesday could also be an impediment toward negotiations this week.

Cleary said players prepared for a season-killing lockout.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts reported Red Wings Dan Cleary and Niklas Kronwall warn the players are prepared for this lockout to wipe out the entire season, which Shoalts suggested was an orchestrated response to speculation the league would cancel the Winter Classic if no new CBA is in place by November.

TSN.CA: The list of locked-out NHL players headed to Europe continues to grow.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give the Jewish holiday on Wednesday, I don’t expect any serious CBA talks to be held this week. Maybe next. 

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Edmonton Oilers ownership issued a statement yesterday declaring they had visited the city of Seattle to “evaluate the market”, a move clearly aimed at trying to gain leverage over the Edmonton City Council in its current dispute over funding a new downtown arena by threatening relocation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, Oilers owner Darryl Katz would have us believe he’d move the club out of Edmonton (where the Oilers are king and a new arena deal is in the works which would be very lucrative for him), to a city where his club wouldn’t be the anchor tenant in its new arena (meaning he’d get considerably less arena revenue than if he stayed in Edmonton at Rexall Place), and where his club would be behind the  Seahawks, college football, and whatever NBA team the Oilers share that new arena with in popularity? Pull the other one, Daryl, relocation to Seattle is an empty threat. The only thing he’s accomplishing is making himself look like a manipulative jerk in the eyes of Oilers fans.

KHL.RU: Pavel Datsyuk made his KHL debut for CSKA Moscow in a 1-0 victory over Avangard Omsk. Datsyuk used his head to knock in the puck soccer-style but the goal was disallowed.  Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, chalked up three assists powering Mellalurg Magnitigorsk to a 7-2 win over Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin was the beneficiary of one of Malkin’s assists.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski recently highlighted a slick set-up by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec for HC Kladno in the Czech Extraliga on Friday.

THEAHL.COM: The Charlotte Checkers have announced the signing of NHL UFA goalie Dan Ellis to a tryout contract.

YOUTUBE: “Things You Won’t Hear During The NHL  Lockout”.


  1. Good call on that Oiler’s relocation to Seattle threat Spec. Well it management’s right to mismanage all they want and Katz sure is blazing a trail

  2. If he wants to make a threat, threaten to move to southern ontario, with that young talent they would not have a problem filling seats

  3. I don’t think they have a problem filling the seats in Edmonton….

  4. Makes a lot of sense for the league to prop up a team (or teams?) in a poor market like Phoenix while letting a team from a strong hockey market like Edmonton re-locate. The only way Seattle might get a team is through expansion, that way the owners get a piece of the pie as well. Same likely applies to the other destinations (save possibly Q.C.) as well.

  5. I believe that Oilers owner Darryl Katz has just given us a bit of perspective on just what the NHLPA is up against. Absolute and unadulterated greed.
    Here is an owner who has some of the most loyal fans in the NHL (I defy Leaf fans to go out in a winter storm with winds topping 60 kph and temperatures ranging from minus -75 to hide your brass monkey and fill the arena for every home game) and unless he gets an extra dollar here and a dollar there he threatens to take his team elsewhere.
    Greed, and make no mistake it is owners greed that has fueled this lock out.
    The players gave and gave and gave when the last CBA was finally done and Betteman said that it would fix ALL of the problems but once again they sit at the, and pardon me for using this term, “bargaining” table and tell the players they must give and give again without the owners making any real concessions.
    It is not as though the league is going bankrupt and unless the players take a big cut in pay they will have to shut down. Betteman and his boys made some poor choices when it came to locating teams in the Sun Belt and some of the owners are spending more than their budgets allow just to try to get into the playoffs or so that they can have bragging rights among their billionaire cronies. They put a salary cap on the players but they did not cap management or for example how much Darryl Katz can pay his son to count paper clips and have that count against actual operating expenses.
    In negotiations there must be a give and take and so far from what I’ve read and listened to there has only been take by the owners and demanding players to give.
    No wonder players are heading overseas to play.

  6. Good post Cap’Ahab. Players are trying to negotiate and play within the rules put forward by the league and they keep changin, because of the greed/stupidity of management. I was not aware of what can be claimed as an expense.
    I still find it just stupid that teams went crazy signing players before the expiry of the cba knowing they were going to demand a roll back. irresponsible. akin to downing a six pack and then planning on drinking a pot of coffee so you can drive…