The latest collection of notable NHL CBA headlines, jury finds Ducks GM didn’t assault a woman following a playoff game , plus updates on Chris Stewart, Dmitry Kulikov, Kevin Klein and Antero Niittymaki.
TORONTO STAR: Economist Glen Hodgson believes there’s no reason for another NHL lockout if the team owners can agree to improved revenue-sharing.
FORBES.COM: Patrick Rische believes the NHLPA will be lucky if they get a deal comparable to the NFL and NBA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the NHL truly wants to make all 30 franchises profitable, then at some point, be it this year or in the future, it will have little choice but to implement an improved system of revenue sharing. Otherwise, it must be prepared to relocate some of its struggling franchises, or contract them, within the next ten years.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks parent company claimed it lost $15 million last season despite selling out their arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was first reported a month ago. Here’s my take on their situation.
PIONEER PRESS: Another NHL lockout could dampenthe buzz of excitement and anticipation regarding the Minnesota Wild’s signings earlier this summer of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The threat of another lockout isn’t hurting Blackhawks ticket sales.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guess Chicago fans didn’t get the memo about boycotting the NHL in the event of a lockout..
DETROIT FREE PRESS: A jury refused to award damages to a woman who claimed Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray assaulted her with a chair following a Ducks-Red Wings playoff game in 2009.
NHL.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart is hoping to regain his scoring touch this season.
MIAMI HERALD: There’s nothing new to report regarding Dmitry Kulikov’s contract talks with the Florida Panthers. Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos remains confident a deal will eventually be done.
EXAMINER.COM: Nashville Predators defenseman Kevin Klein, who’s in the final season of his current contract, hopes to discuss a new deal with management soon.
ILTASANOMAT: It appears goaltender Antero Niittymaki will be playing in Finland this season.