NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 13, 2012.

What happens to the Winter Classic in event of an NHL lockout, the NHL risks alienating its fans with another lockout, an update on Andreas Lilja, Red Wings might not be as bad as fans expect this season, and Matt Hendricks expects Wojtek Wolski could recapture his scoring form in Washington.

NEW YORK TIMES: In the event of a lockout, the NHL has up to January 1 to cancel the 2013 Winter Classic, and would only forfeit $100K of its $3 million stadium fee at Michigan Stadium.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, if a lockout weren’t to be settled until late-December, the NHL could still stage the Winter Classic. Hey, look for the positives where you can, gang!

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: An editorial warning the NHL it risks alienating its fans with another lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the league really gives a damn about its fans. Sure, if there’s another lockout, the league will try to claim it is doing it for the fans’ benefit, but it will find far fewer willing to buy into its propaganda this time around.

Flyers GM believes Lilja could return sooner than expected.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren disagrees with the initial report defenseman Andreas Lilja could be sidelined until December from recent hip surgery, suggesting Lilja could return by late-October or early-November.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And if there’s a lockout stretching into December, it becomes a moot point.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Despite the Red Wings loss of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart, and the club’s inability to sign top UFAs Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Red Wings broadcast analyst Mickey Redmond isn’t willing to write off the team this coming season.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, who played with Wojtek Wolski in Colorado, believes Wolski can rediscover his scoring form in Washington. Wolski signed with the Capitals this summer as a free agent.


  1. Redmond has his blinders on and leaves no doubt where his loyalties lie. not only did the Red Wings fail to add a significant player on their offense they lost some youth in Hudler who added offensive punch. at best Detroit is an aging team that can be dangerous at times but is definitely a longshot to contend for the Cup.that their big offseason signing was 3rd or 4th line winger Tootoo speaks volumes about how far they’ve fallen. their defense doesn’t scare anyone and they’re battling Philadelphia for scraps on the free agent market now with nothing but draft picks to offer on the trade market.

  2. Detroit will be in decline for a few years now. Only natural after so many years of contention. They may still make the playoffs but they are not the threat they once were.

  3. I totally agree. The main problem is the inability to make a move. The team has the pieces but holland has done nothing to build on them. He has said it a few years ago that he was willing to miss the playoffs before he over paid for player, well looks like he may get what he wants. I dont know what happened to detroit but its not an appealing market anymore. I know not alot of players like Babcock but the guy wins. Oh well we have alot talent in GR just need to give them a chance.

  4. Ofcourse the league cares about its fans, or else there would be no league. They are, however, taking us for granted. We might say we’ll stop supporting the league, but once the CBA is signed, we are hockeystarved.