Dynamo team owner not so keen to pursue Ovechkin, next round of NHL CBA talks to begin Tuesday, comparing the NHL’s current CBA with those of other pro sports leagues, breaking down the revenue-sharing proposals of the NHL and NHLPA, and a Flyers prospect is charged with sexual assault.
RIANOVOSTI: Moscow Dynamo owner Arkady Rotenberg said he’s against pursuing Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin in the event of an NHL lockout. His comments run counter to those of his general manager, who said over the weekend his team would speak with Ovechkin about playing for them. Rotenberg did, however, leave the door open to the possibility by suggesting he could be swayed if his GM and coach “persuade me strongly”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Didn’t take long for the Dynamo owner to distance himself from his GM’s comments. If Dynamo weren’t interested in Ovechkin if he’s locked out of the NHL this season, other KHL teams might be keen to talk to him.
TSN.CA: The next round of NHL CBA talks are slated for New York City on Tuesday, and it’s believed the league will is likely to present another offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see what might be contained in a new league offer. Their initial one – which sought to slash players share of HRR to 43 percent, abolish arbitration, and change the rules governing contracts, salaries and free agency – was widely panned by bloggers and pundits, though most agree it was simply an opening bid, a benchmark from which to negotiate further, just like the PA’s proposal. If the league makes a second offer which moves off the hard line stance of its initial one, that could be a positive step toward resolution.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby compares the NHL’s current CBA with those of the NFL, NBA and MLB.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline compares the respective revenue sharing proposals of the NHL and NHLPA.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers prospect and Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds center Nick Cousins has been charged with sexual assault, as were teammates Andrew Fritsch (a Phoenix Coyotes draft pick) and Mark Petaccio.