NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2013.

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.

Parise finally facing changes.

Parise finally facing changes.

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.


  1. Visnovsky really needs to take a step back and reflect on himself. Here you have a guy that could’ve been a star blueliner in the NHL. He put up 20 goals as a nobody on defence. Two years later he’s refusing to play for a team that paid to acquire him? He could have been one of the best, now he’ll be a never was.

  2. One positive thing I noticed in the new CBA was that the players were able to gain an increase in the minimum salary that a player makes, which really does help the “little guys” of the league. Although there is not much of an increase in the first couple of years, starting in 2017 the jump goes to $650,000 per year and then in the final year (2021/22) it goes to $750,000. While not a lot compared to the mega millions the stars make it still is a good whack of change for the average player.

    The other positive I noticed was that the Playoff Pool money the players get to share doubled from $6.5 million to $13 million for this year and increases by $1 million dollars every year after. Probably not a lot for the highly paid stars but once again another good whack of change for fourth line guys.

  3. Lubey is being a total jack. Putting a legal challenge on the trade, refusing to honor his contract … I only feel sorry for the Iles fans and organization.