NHL CBA ratified and memorandum of understanding approved, plus the latest on Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, Jaromir Jagr, Alexander Semin, Lubomir Visnovsky, Mike Knuble and more.
SPORTSNET.CA: The NHLPA yesterday voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. 667 players voted to ratify the agreement, with only 12 players voting against, and 84 players not bothering to vote. That was followed hours later by the league and PA signing off on a memorandum of understanding (MOU), officially ending the stupidest lockout in pro sports history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And of course, what was the fixation by some in the press and blogosphere when those numbers were announced? Yep, the 12 who voted against, and the 84 who didn’t bother to vote. Whoop-de-friggin’- do. Meanwhile, the PA membership overwhelmingly supported it. Game on, which is all most sensible hockey fans really care about!
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: A summary of the key points of the new NHL CBA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Save the above link to your favorites, NHL fans, this will come in handy over the next several years.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside with a list of notable games to watch during this shortened season.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: David Haugh laments the lack of notable off-season moves by Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman to bolster the roster.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Joe Starkey on what to expect from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin during a 48-game schedule.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo on the changes facing new Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jaromir Jagr explains why he chose to sign with the Dallas Stars.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Alexander Semin settles in with the Carolina Hurricanes.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Carolina Hurricanes have invited goaltender Dan Ellis to training camp and could sign him to a two-way contract.
NEW YORK POST: The NY Islanders reserved a seat on a plane for Lubomir Visnovsky, but he didn’t bother to show.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears Visnovsky will be the only player under NHL contract who played in the KHL during the lockout who doesn’t want to return to his NHL team. Should set up an interesting legal battle if he insists on staying in the KHL.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS: announced the signing of defenseman Radek Martinek to a one-year contract.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have extended an invitation to training camp to winger Mike Knuble, who is considered a long-shot to crack the roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Knuble does make the lineup, his NHL career will have come full circle, finishing with the team where it began.