NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 5, 2012.

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.

NHL CBA talks to continue in New York on Tuesday.

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.


  1. Every one of the “experts” on that panel cut into Semin. With that said I don’t think Crawfords comments were as bad as people make it out to be. Parise is a more complete player on the ice. And that was the point. He may have just said it too harshly. Pierre Mcquire flat out saying he was a terrible teammate is far worse in my opinion

  2. Hi! Everyone. How are You today? Concerning Alexander Semin, I do not know why Ms Kellie Cowan, did an article concerning this old news, yes I know that Marc Crawford wanted to clarify things or close to it, but if those in the know are saying that Mr Alexander Semin is a bad Teammate and Narcissistic and if it comes from Pierre McGuire, that means it is rue and it comes from a Superb Man so instead of Ms Cowan to moan and groan, She has to move one and get a life. With Kirk Muller as Head Coach at Caroline He will straight Alexander Semin out and with Eric Staal Who does not chew His words sometime and the Direction of the Hurricanes They will take care of Him If He becomes Lazy and Narcissistic, Kirk Muller will make Him pay. Take care Ya All!

  3. I still fail to see how a 22% salary roll-back makes sense. GMs cannot throw huge contracts around and then bitch and moan that players cost too much. A roll-back does not, in ANY WAY, resolve the issue. If the concern is that there may be a drop in the cap due to changing the % of revenue, they can roll back each player’s cap hit, while leaving the salaries at their current levels.

    If the owners are not happy with the contracts their GMs are handing out, maybe they should start taking it out of the GMs pockets’. I would LOVE to see what happens to salaries then.

    Will agents be giving back 22% of their fee back to the players?