NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 28, 2012.

Evgeni Malkin and Martin St. Louis make plans for possible lockout, the latest NHL CBA news, ten ways to survive an NHL lockout, and a former Flyers defenseman heads to the KHL.


Malkin could head to KHL if there’s an NHL lockout.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Yesterday noted reports out of Russia claiming Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had “agreed to a contract to play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League if the NHL season is delayed by a lockout.” His agent, however, said Malkin spoke with teams in Moscow and Magnitogorsk about a “week-to-week” agreement, but nothing had been finalized.

TAMPABAY.COM: Lightning forward Martin St. Louis said he’ll play in Europe if there’s another lockout. St. Louis played in Switzerland during the last lockout. Teammates Steven Stamkos also acknowledged he’s thinking about playing overseas.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The closer we get to the September 15th end date of the current CBA without any sign of agreement on a new deal, the more stories we’ll likely hear of NHL stars making plans to play in Europe this fall. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The NHL and the City of Glendale have agreed to another 30-day extension on their arena agreement (for the fourth time) to allow more time for prospective buyer Greg Jamison to purchase the team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should be interesting to see what effect this could have on Shane Doan’s interest in re-signing with the Coyotes. I’ll have more on Doan in the trade rumors section.

TSN.CA: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly will meet with NHLPA director Donald Fehr and his brother Steve today in New York City in hopes of finding some way to get CBA talks moving forward.

CANADIAN BUSINESS: A look at how much money NHL players stand to lose in a lengthy lockout.

SI.COM: The rise of ticket prices and the failure of the current NHL CBA to deliver on its promises provides vindication for former NHLPA director Bob Goodenow.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren with ten ways to survive another NHL lockout.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Former Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis has signed with “HC Donbass Donetsk, a new KHL club based in Ukraine”.


  1. If there is a lockout I hope the NHL Channel in USA has enough smarts to fill the air time up with AHL, USA College and Western, Ontario, & Quebec Major Junior games so that we can at least see what the prospects of the future looks like.

  2. A Second lost strike year probably costs St Louis a Hall of Fame slot; he’s had a briefer career than some as it is. Lower on the salary schedule, players never recover the income, but since we’re always told that the honor is more important than money…..another championship not awarded, and another set of careers reduced. And no designated hitter on the horizon to re-inflate them in hockey ;<) .

  3. I’m a players’ guy, always have been, but it really bothers me when NHL players use their down time during a lockout to take jobs away from pros in other leagues. So much for brotherhood among players. Actually it kind of puts them in the same light as NHL owners, which makes me sad and angry.

  4. If jobs are available to top-tier players, why shouldn’t they take them? It seems silly to expect the NHL stars to be willingly unemployed when other options are available. The part that doesn’t work is the demand for exit clauses were the NHL to come back from a lockout. The players could effectively punish the league by finishing the season overseas, reducing the quality of the NHL product. It’s not a double-edged sword when everyone and their mother flocks back to the NHL. No wonder they have no qualms over another lockout.

  5. In response to Chaas: The top tier players are rarely the ones to suffer the most during the lockout, and are the ones who have the most at risk in these negotiations. Which is why it is a bit hypocritical to “stand in unison” with the lower echelon players, and yet jump at a chance to take those very same players jobs in another league.

    Whatever fans think, and I am a huge fan myself, there is no way the league starts again without a CBA, and there is no CBA if it doesnt address at least some of the owners concerns. Simple as that. The only ones happy with the status quo are players, especially the elite players.

    Either they sign lucrative contracts to play oversees or they keep the current deal. I think it’s time the 400-500 lower echelon players start rethinking their position. The fact is that the new CBA will affect them the least, especially if there is a rollback, losing 20% of $1.5 mill is a lot easier to accept than 20% of $7 mill. And they arent likely to be affected by term limits or caps or NTC/NMC as the big boys would be.

    I would really like to see a players poll in Dec, where all the players participated to see if they really dont like the owners proposal. report this comment

  6. This CBA – Strike – Lockout is all BS.
    Write it in the next CBA agreement that if any future CBA agreements expire then all players become instant UFA no matter how much they signed for or for how long.
    If you can lock me out even though I have an contract, then I am free. That will get them to the table EARLY and make quick decisions.

    • Will not be good for any but the starplayers, but maybe in a lockout – any player can opt for ufa-staus. That would leave every owner and GM’s worried about what their star players will do. This gives NHLPA leverage ofcourse, but in the end – if owners can’t afford the CBA proposal, they wont sign it.