The latest collection of increasingly grim NHL CBA news, Panthers confirm Erik Gudbranson’s shoulder surgery, and the Rangers sign Steve Eminger.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The NHL cancelled its planned meeting this morning with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. The NHLPA intends to argue it is unlawful for the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames to lock out its players. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly considers the PA’s plan “a joke”, and still feels the league has the legal authority to lock out those players. The PA is also hoping to prevent the Montreal Canadiens from locking out its players by appealing to the Quebec Labour Board.
SPORTING NEWS: NHLPA director Donald Fehr said the players are resigned to another lockout, as they don’t wish to be taken advantage of by the league again. He also said the players have been saving money in case of a work stoppage for the past two years. Teams, players and sponsors, meanwhile, are eyeing the potential impact of a lockout.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie is the definition of “fair and balanced” with his lengthy take on the current NHL CBA negotiations.
BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL: An NHL lockout could have a serious effect upon businesses which rely on Bruins games for part of their income.
BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres owner Terry Pegula is hoping a lockout can be avoided, but declined to offer more of an opinion than that. ”I can’t tell you anything, just that talks continue,” Pegula said. “I don’t want to lose draft picks.”
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance examines the impact social media is having upon NHL CBA negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Up until this week, folks, I still was optimistic an agreement on a new CBA could be reached prior to September 15. Not anymore. A lockout is a certainty and the only question now is how long the upcoming lockout will last.
The sad thing is that this is preventable, there’s no need for another lockout. Both sides are doing well under the current agreement. While there are teams which are struggling, squeezing the players for more of their share of the revenue pie and making them carry the freight for revenue-sharing isn’t going to address the respective problems of those money-losing teams. Conversely, if the players hope to convince the league to implement a better system of revenue sharing in which the bigger-market teams contribute more to the struggling clubs, they must be prepared to accept a pay cut along the lines of a 50-50 split.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers confirmed defenseman Erik Gudbranson underwent shoulder surgery last Thursday after suffering an injury during an informal workout earlier in the week. No further details were released.
NEW YORK POST’s Larry Brooks reports via Twitter the NY Rangers have signed defenseman Steve Eminger to a one-year, $750K contract.