NHL Lockout Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2012.

Among today’s collection of notable NHL lockout headlines: NHL & NHLPA to begin three days of talks on non-core economic issues today, remainder of NHL pre-season cancelled, updates on Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula, John Davidson leaves the Blues, and hockey history was made 40 years ago today.

TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA meet today for the first of three days of meetings on non-core economic issues. The NHL also announced the cancellation of the remainder of the pre-season schedule.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some are hoping these meetings could lead to “traction” toward a resolution to the lockout. Time will tell…

CBC.CA/THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Elliotte Friedman wondered if comments made last week by Detroit Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano regarding an “unwritten rule” about not signing players to offer sheets might be used as leverage by the NHLPA to cite collusion by NHL owners. Sean Gordon, however, doubts those comments are evidence of collusion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve often said throughout the course of the recently-expired CBA, collusion is easy to say but almost impossible to prove. In the case of Devellano’s remarks, several factors work against using those as proof of collusion. For one, players salaries continually increased over the course of the recent CBA. For another, offer sheets may have been infrequent, but they were made, most recently this summer by the Flyers unsuccessful bid for Nashville’s Shea Weber. Ultimately, as Friedman and Gordon both noted, the language in the CBA is what made offer sheets difficult in the first place, as teams had the right to match, and if they didn’t, the gaining team paid a considerable price in draft picks. Offer sheets were ultimately an expensive, fruitless enterprise. While Devellano’s comments hint at collusion, they aren’t proof there’s an agreement – unwritten or otherwise – among NHL owners not to sign players to offer sheets.

Redden locked out despite not playing in NHL for the past 2 years.

ESPN.COM: Though Wade Redden has spent the past two seasons in the minors, his NHL contract has him locked out. Redden could sign an AHL contract, but if he got injured, he’d risk being suspended without pay by the Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That expensive, lucrative contract Redden signed with the Rangers turned out to be a millstone. Sure, he’s well paid, but it’s also ensured he won’t get back into the NHL again.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Pavel Datsyuk had two assists for Moscow CSKA Dynamo in their 4-3 loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk in KHL action. Ilya Bryzgalov suffered the loss in goal for Dynamo. Valtteri Filppula scored a shootout goal as Jokerit Helsinki down Ilves in Finnish Elite League play.

KHL.RU: Evgeni Malkin scored his first KHL goal and tallied two assists, powering Mettalurg Magnitigorsk to a 6-1 victory over Prague in his first home game.

STLTODAY.COM: John Davidson has accepted a contract buyout and has stepped down as president of the Blues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Speculation has Davidson linked to the Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets. He’s unlikely to be unemployed for long.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Former Phoenix Coyotes head coach Bobby Francis is dealing with the on-set of early dementia, likely brought about from concussions during his playing days, and exacerbated by alcoholism.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Francis, winner of the Jack Adams trophy as NHL coach of the year in 2002, once appeared to have a bright future in coaching. Best wishes to him in his attempt to overcome his current condition.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Forty years ago today, Paul Henderson scored what is consider hockey’s greatest goal, as Team Canada downed the Soviet Union 6-5 to win the 1972 Summit Series.

5 Comments

  1. the Rangers burying Redden’s salary in the minors completely violated the spirit of the Salary Cap and shouldn’t have been allowed, neither should the Blackhawks & Capitals been allowed to pawn off the salaries of Huet or Nylander. for the NHL to effectively allow those teams extra Cap room was a competitive advantage not available to smaller market teams.

  2. did i miss what caused the falling out between davidson and the blues? i knew they were on the outs but not exactly why. seems like a bad move by STL to me, as i credit davidson with much of the blues return to credibility and becoming one of the better young (and improving) teams in the league.

  3. It’s a shame about Redden, he was a very good defenceman at one time and I agree with you ‘gameon63′, it shouldn’t be allowed. Hope they fix that sort of thing in the next CBA.
    Henderson’s goal really was the ‘greatest goal ever scored’ for those lucky enough to have witnessed when it happened. Can someone explain to me again why he’s not in the ‘Hockey Hall of Fame’ and (please correct me if I’m wrong) Herb Brooks is?

  4. I don’t really understand the concept of “hockey’s greatest goal”! In what way? I’m not really arguing, because i didn’t see it, but how does anybody compare all the goals scored (Gretz scored a few…) and arrive on that one as the “greatest”? it wasn’t even a NHL game, or Stanley Cup Final’s game… I’ve seen about forty years of hockey (either on tv, or in person) and tons of great (in one way or an other) goals! i couldn’t begin to pick the top 20, 30, 40, 50 best, greatest, most important…etc. way too subjective IMO.

  5. Bickleton,

    The departure of Davidson was coming for some time, and was not due in any way to a poor performance on his part. In essence, like any good COO he placed good people around him and eventually caused himself to be redundant, at least at $2 million per year, which the new owner was not prepared to stomach. He will land on his feet somewhere, as he has an incredible resume to offer to any team. And if all else fails, the Leafs will hire him, because they still have not completely replaced Rick Dudley (LOL).

    Puckgod,

    Hendersons goal has to be taken in context. Its not so much a hockey goal ( It was what is commonly referred to as a garbage goal) as it was a defining cultural moment for Canada.The cold war was still in effect. We ( Canada) had beaten the big bad Russians in the only important way outside of a full Military Assault. It galvanized us as a country, symbolically showing us to be firmly standing on our own two feet, with our own identity. The most similar comparison is WWII and Canada’s success at Vimy Ridge. I would never begin to compare the two ( my Dad was a Veteran), except to say they were both defining moments in our history. I am 46 now, and that moment is the only time I can remember when school came to a full and complete stop. That was the enormity of the event. Not sure if you have just seen the goal, or all the games and the background. Viewing the entire series brings a lot more meaning than just that game winning goal. Visit heritage Hockey to purchase a full CD of the games and behind the scenes coverage. My 14 year old son and I watched that final game two nights ago, and now he wants to order the CD!