The latest on the NHL CBA negotiations, and former NHL coach and TSN analyst Marc Crawford tries to walk back his criticism of Alexander Semin.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: NHL CBA negotiations are to resume in New York on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
SPORTSNET.CA: NHL CBA talks remain cordial but so far there’s no sign of an agreement.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The core issue – the owners proposed reduction of the players share of revenue from 57 to 46 or 43 percent, combined with a 22 percent roll back in salaries – has yet to be addressed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much of the aforementioned links recap negotiations to date. Other than the issue of revenue, there appears to be agreement between the two sides on many other issues, or at least paths towards agreement. Nothing will really move forward until the PA tables its counter-proposal, expected to be heavy on revenue sharing.
Some in the press are already starting to seize upon the “no sign of agreement could mean trouble” theory, and they could be right, but I say the time to worry is if there’s no sign of an agreement a month from now. If September begins with no progress in negotiations, then we can seriously believe the start of the season will be delayed.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Kellie Cowan reports former NHL coach and TSN analyst Marc Crawford, who will be coaching the Zurich Lions in Switzerland this season, is trying to walk back his harsh criticism of former Capitals winger Alexander Semin. Crawford told a Swiss interviewer his comments were “misunderstood”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cowan is having none of it, and I don’t blame her. Crawford was very clear what he meant when he criticized Semin on national TV in Canada on July 1, and his comments swiftly made the rounds of the MSM and blogosphere. To be fair, a number of folks, including some NHL general managers, share his viewpoint, and to a degree that opinion is justified.
Still, Crawford never attempted to “clarify” his remarks in the days immediately following the broadcast. As Cowan notes, ” If Crawford wants to change his public verbiage on Semin, that’s his prerogative. But don’t, sir, insult your audience by telling them they heard you wrong.” We never misunderstood Crawford. It’s clear watching the segment what he thinks of Semin as a player.