NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2012.

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.

A lockout could dampen excitement in Minnesota over Parise & Suter signings.

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.


  1. As the NHL and the NHLPA serve and volley with the threat that if the NHL doesn’t like how the players association serves or returns serves that they will take their ball, rackets and net and lock up the tennis courts it must be maddening for the players. The owners say they are not making any (or enough) money and so need the players to take less as far as their cut of the pie. But yet these same poor owners do not want the players to have a say about how the owners spend their money. For example the front office may be management heavy with vice presidents of hockey this or hockey that all the way from vice president of hockey operations down to executive vice president of skate sharpening or senior vice president of Starbucks runs, but God forbid they dump the owners son, brother, cousin or nephew, who by the way is the one making a million or so for getting lattes.
    If the NHL expects the players to take less doesn’t it make sense that the teams front office gets trimmed as well?
    If the owners are crying poor all the way to the bank why are there people willing to build arenas and line ups to buy teams?
    While I am not a big fan of players salaries going through the roof I am also not a big fan of paying a bunch of guys in suits more than they are worth to tell people what they already know, or damned well should know.
    There must be give and take in all successful negotiations rather than the NHL’s my way or the highway.

  2. I am confused here…..you think you are paying guys in suits salaries? You are paying for the pleasure to watch a hockey game, just as you would for a movie, or the Stampede. The owner of that enterprise has every right to generate as much profit as the supply/demand of the market dictates, and as long as he treats his employees reasonably as established by law, no one has the right to say otherwise.

    This is the whole prinicple behind free enterprise.

    Now its easy for pundits, fans and non-fans to pick sides and make judgements, the fact is since the day the Union was formed to protect players from owners abuse, that as long as those conditions are met, the players have no right to dictate the conditions.

    One thing not stated in the Forbes article, that even though the NFL makes 3 times as much revenue as the NHL, the average NHL salary is actually markedly higher than the NFL ($2.4 mil for NHL compared to $1.9 Mil for NFL)……..sure sounds like mistreatment to me, oh and by the way, that also doesnt mention that NHL player contracts are guaranteed whereas NFL is not.

    So while the players and certain media outlets continue the mantra of poor pitiful us, the reality is that 18 NHL franchises did not make money based on hockey related revenues, 60% of the league, or better put, 900 NHLPA contracts (50 contracts per team). The fact a few other franchises did generate huge amounts plays absolutely no part in the equation. When you buy a franchise from Tim Hortons, do you get a share of the profits from the others? No, you sink or swim on your own, and yes it is a reasonable comparison.

    So many people equate owning a sports franchise to a social charity. That the people who spend the money are beholden to the local communities personal needs and wants……when the opposite is quite true. There is no community backlash when the fans dont pay the money and attend games, and as such when they do spend the money and attend the games the owners are entitled to benefit from that more than any other party.

    • Old Soldier, the players are not ‘dictating the conditions’. It’s the league which is doing that.

      So the NHL has 18 franchise which lost money. But remember, the league proclaimed this CBA was going to cure all its ills, level the playing surface, and make things all better. Bettman almost annually crowed about the league’s increasing revenue and attendance. Seems to me the problem is the distribution of said revenue, yes?

      Remember, the players never get more than 57% percent of revenue under this CBA, which the league and the team owners sought, and felt was worth shutting down for a season to get. It is the most restrictive CBA in North American pro sports, with the lowest revenue sharing of the four major sports leagues.

      Now, if the league is truly seeking a 50-50 split in revenue (which is what most observers feel is the true goal here), fine, but they also have to implement an better system of revenue sharing if this is truly about saving struggling teams and reducing the number of franchises losing money.

      Doubling down on slashing the players share of HRR and rolling back salaries didn’t work under this CBA. Please explain how it work possibly work this time.