Among today’s collection of notable NHL lockout headlines: bonuses & escrow payments ease lockout pain for some players, Canadian TV networks stand to lose millions from lockout, a sports lawyer explains how owners can cut the salaries of players under contract, lockout could benefit Canada’s junior team, and more.
USA TODAY: Fifteen of the NHL’s 50 highest-paid players will receive money from their teams during the lockout from signing bonuses (like Shea Weber, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Tyler Myers, Brad Richards, Christian Ehrhoff, James Wisniewski) and injuries (Marian Gaborik, Chris Pronger, Marc Savard) incurred during play last season. All players will receive escrow refunds as well.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Sean O’Donnell is among 13 players who are going through their third straight NHL lockout. The 40-year-old O’Donnell admits if this current lockout kills the season, it’ll finish his NHL playing career.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports NHL GMs are turning their focus toward scouting during the lockout, while Katie Strang reports NY Rangers star Brad Richards will be hosting a charity benefit in NY City on October 2.
SPORTING NEWS: Canadian TV networks stand to lose millions of dollars if the current NHL lockout extends into the regular season.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough interviewed sports legal analyst Eric Macramalla, who explained why NHL owners will be able to reduce the salaries of players under contract. Mike Halford, meanwhile, cites tweets from TSN’s Darren Dreger regarding Dwayne Roloson, who reportedly turned down the Maple Leafs goalie coach job in favor of continuing his playing career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve recently read and heard some fans questioning how players under contract could have their salaries reduced in the next CBA and wondering if the players might sue to prevent that from happening. Macramalla does a fine job explaining why the owners can do that if they get another rollback or increased escrow in a new CBA. As for Roloson, I think at this stage he should consider hanging up the pads and turn to coaching, though given the problems with the Maple Leafs of late, I don’t blame him for spurning that job offer.
TORONTO STAR: A large number of young established NHL talent (Jeff Skinner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Adam Henrique, Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Jake Gardiner, Alex Burmistrov and Slava Voynov) along with several other promising youngsters (Ryan Johansen, Sven Baertschi, Cody Hodgson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Zack Kassian, Nino Niederreiter, Nazem Kadri, Brett Connolly, Louis Leblanc and Ryan Ellis) will be preparing for the start of AHL training camps this weekend, considerably more than the previous NHL lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could provide a significant boost to the AHL’s popularity over the course of this NHL lockout, especially if it last the entire season.
CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley reports it’s is lower-paid players, like the Capitals’ Jay Beagle, Matt Hendricks, Joey Crabb and Jack Hillen, who’ll be most affected financially by a lengthy NHL lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL’s proposed CBA would also adversely affect those lower-salaried players, as a significant claw back via escrow would bite much deeper into their pay than those of their higher-salaries teammates.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports a lengthy lockout could result in a stacked Canadian junior team at the World Junior Hockey championships in December, as junior talent who might otherwise have played in the NHL will remain in their junior leagues, making them eligible for the tournament.
KHL.RU: Alexander Ovechkin had an assist and scored a shootout goal as Moscow Dynamo overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat AK Bars Kazan 3-2.