NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2012.

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.

Visnovsky’s trade grievance in limbo.

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.


  1. 20 mil short seems to be a common phrase in the nhl these days.

  2. Man i hoope they work out a deal and there is no stoppage

  3. i don’t think the owners will be able to snow the players this time with illusions of a “partnership” this time. when you think about how the NHL has treated it’s “partners” so far you can understand the player’s reluctance to trust them. the owners themselves can’t trust one another as evidenced by Philadelphia’s predatory offer sheet to Shea Weber. people are always talking about how unfair it is for the small market teams yet Canadian teams are not only competing in small markets but also contributing to keep US teams in similar markets going. when you think of the prices paid to see a game in a small market Canadian arena as opposed to an equivalent team in an American city the difference in price is unbelievable, it’s obvious Canadian cities are contributing more to league coffers than their American counterparts with little to show for it.

  4. Sure the NHL doesn’t need the revenue from jersey ads, but that certainly doesn’t mean they won’t go after them. Fans will bitch and moan of course, as they always do, and it will be for naught.

  5. Here in sweden we use ads on the jerseys, it looks unprofessional and ugly with mcdonalds, volvo, apple and 5 other companys all over the place. Almost hard to see which the teams logo are aswell. While we’re at it – change the names and numbers too. 7 should look like 7eleven and every M should be a Mcdonalds M for example. That will look great. :)

  6. Sorry not into the idea of turning the players into skating billboards. The boards are one thing, I thought putting them on the ice was going too far. I don’t like the advertising in the corner of the screen during play either. I’m trying to watch a hockey game and I get spammed. They get us enough during commercials and breaks between plays. I say back off greedy bastards and let us watch the game.

  7. theres already enough advertising on the boards / ice surface.

    regarding the cba , I wonder how united the owners are this time around compared to 2004/05.