NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2012.

Among today’s collection of notable NHL headlines: NHL & NHLPA to hold talks on Friday in New York, the latest reaction to the Edmonton Oilers arena dispute, NHL teams can invite junior players to training camp if lockout ends, Blues lay off some staff, and an update on Sidney Crosby.

TORONTO SUN: The NHL and NHLPA will meet in New York on Friday to discuss “non-core economic issues”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, no talk on the divisive issue of hockey-related revenue.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle examines the other issues which still need to be discussed, while Adrian Morrow breaks down how the NHL escrow system works.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize for most hockey fans the CBA issues and escrow are boring, but do yourselves a favor and read these articles. Knowledge is power.

No Red Wings games a serious blog to Detroit’s economy.

MLIVE.COM: An economist conclude the city of Detroit would lose over $84 million if there are no Red Wings games this season.

TSN.CA: If a lockout ends in the near future, NHL teams will still be allowed to recall their junior prospects for training camp.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues laid off close to 20 staff, while the remaining 75 employees agreed to pay cuts or four-day work weeks.

SPORTING NEWS: Jesse Spector believes the NHL should emulate European teams and put advertising on players jerseys, suggesting this could be one way for the  owners to get the increased HRR they seek, whilst still paying the players at the rate specified by their contracts in good faith.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those who were wondering, I’m not Jesse Spector, nor are we related. Anyway, Jesse makes an interesting case, and over time perhaps we’ll see ad logos on NHL jerseys. For now, however, it’s not something that’ll happen anytime soon, so we can forget about this being a means to bring about labor peace.

CBC.CA/SPORTSNET.CA: Elliotte Friedman and Mark Spector weigh in on Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz’s ham-handed efforts to garner leverage over the city of Edmonton in their dispute over a new arena deal. Neither believes the Oilers will leave Edmonton.

TORONTO SUN: Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky denied he was involved with Katz or the Oilers in their dispute with Edmonton city council over a new arena deal. Gretzky was sighted with Katz and several other members of the Oilers front office taking in a Seattle Seahawks game, leading to speculation he was working on Katz’s behalf in the latter’s recent trip to Seattle to check out that city’s facilities. Gretzky also doubts the Oilers would be relocated.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, I’m not Mark Spector, nor are we related. Anyway, the common reaction from NHL punditry is Katz is bluffing and the Oilers won’t be relocated. Good to see Gretzky set the record straight, as some Oilers fans were quite upset at the notion of “The Great One” working on Katz’s behalf. As it turns out, the fact he was at that Seahawks game at the same time the Katz group was there was merely a coincidence.

TORONTO SUN: IIHF president Rene Fasel remains optimistic NHL players will participate in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could be the last Winter Olympics involving NHL players, but yes, they will be there in Sochi.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Sidney Crosby is healthy and happy, and looking forward to returning to action.


  1. Just wondering why an ex player now owner Mario Lemieux has not come out and support the players. It would also be a good gesture for him to ask the rest of the owners to fire Betman
    Maybe Mario is too busy looking in the mirror making sure his make up is on right
    Get some balls Mario not do the right thing

    • Mike, you sir are a complete and utter idiot. That is all. Continue with your personal ignorance

      • Matty Boy
        What dont you understand from my comments Do I need to explain it to you AGAIN like last time. I thought that maybe i made myself clear last time and i got 99% positive feedback. If you are in love with Mario Lemieux and think that he can do No wrong – well thats your opinion .
        Please stop calling me names because it only makes you look childish.
        You must truly be on the owners side and can not take any critisism.
        Mario has been in hockey since he was a kid and knows more than anyone at the NHL front office. His hands are covered in blood at this point and time and if he does not step up and put Bettman in his place, none of the other griddy owners will. Mario need to look at himeself in the mirror (without all of the greasy make up on) and see where he came from and how he got to where he is at.
        Matty boy i can write more and explain it to you further if you like.

  2. It would be not only a positive move but also a key step for both sides to sit down and discuss all of the non hockey related income and money issues so that they are out of the way once the percentage hurdles are signed off on. By doing that it would keep everyone at the bargaining table and each side would be getting things done and moving forward. When the time comes, and it will eventually, that the money issues are resolved then all that would be left would be to call the players back and drop the pucks in the various arenas throughout North America.

    For a city as bad off as Detroit to lose up to or even more than $84 million is a travesty and the Illich family should take a long, hard look at how those that will be affected are expected to make up the shortfall. If he is one of the hard line owners then he needs a wake up call and if he is indeed how he is described as one of the good guys then he needs to step up and put pressure on the other owners to get a deal done.
    It is shameful the way that the rich treat the other 90% of the population…shameful!

    As far as the Great One being in Settle at the same time as Katz is no coincidence as far as I’m concerned. There are no coincidences when it comes to the possible moving of the Oilers and certain people or past players getting involved. I would like to think that Wayne was trying to talk some sense into Katz but then again it could be that there are dollars to be made and the usual suspects are being approached.

  3. Mike: Mario can’t comment because he is Legally unable to.