Updates on the Devils, NHL CBA negotiations, Lubomir Visnovsky, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, plus an opinion about ad logos on NHL jerseys.
NEW YORK POST: New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek is reportedly $20 million short of his goal of paying off his lenders, with only a week to go. If Vanderbeek fails to meet his goal by August 14, it’s possible he could lose control of the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wonder if Vanderbeek turns to the league for help again?
CBC.CA/WINNIPEG PRESS: NHLPA director Donald Fehr claimed his people are still poring over the financial documents provided by the league, but hinted at the possibility of making some form of counter-proposal to the league later this week. Fehr also reiterated there was plenty of time for the two sides to reach an agreement on a new deal.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The NHL has yet to schedule an arbitration hearing for Lubomir Visnovsky’s trade grievance. Visnovsky is attempting to block the trade which shipped him from the Anaheim Ducks to the NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible Visnovsky’s arbitration hearing might not occur until after the CBA negotiations are concluded.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has a full “no-trade” clause in his new contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the link.
SI.COM: Stu Hackel with a commentary on ad logos on NHL jerseys. He’s not a fan of the idea.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ad logos on hockey jerseys is something often used by European leagues, but they don’t enjoy the kind of lucrative revenue streams the NHL has. While it’s certainly possible the NHL could consider that option, I don’t think it is anything we’ll see implemented in the near future.