The 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are announced, Tyler Seguin is introduced to the Dallas media, concerns over the new CBA, and more.
TSN.CA; The Hockey Hall of Fame announced former NHL greats Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan, former NHL coach Fred Shero and Canadian women’s hockey pioneer Geraldine Heaney as their Class of 2013 inductees.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can’t quibble over this list. Each are deserving of induction.
TORONTO STAR: Stephen Whyno wonders if three-time Jack Adams winner Pat Burns will be inducted next year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hope so. It was understandable why he was passed over this year as Fred Shero’s induction was long overdue, but if he’s passed over next year, the HHOF voting committee will face a storm of criticism. This isn’t about sentimentalism, it’s about doing what’s right. No other coach in NHL history won three Adams trophies, and few have coached a team to two Stanley Cup Finals and a Cup championship. Pat Burns belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: New Star Tyler Seguin was formally introduced to the Dallas media yesterday, where he gave his side of the story regarding a homophobic remark which went out on his Twitter account, which he’s since shut down.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin’s looking for a fresh start in Dallas. If he can put this recent incident behind him and focus on improving his game, he could become a scoring sensation with the Stars.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace reports on the positives for the Blue Jackets this summer, which includes re-signing Sergei Bobrovsky, signing Nathan Horton, and the move to the Eastern Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a franchise which has been mired in mediocrity since its inception, there’s plenty of optimism surrounding the Blue Jackets this summer, suggesting they’re poised for better times ahead. Heaven knows they could use it.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance reports there was some confusion over whether contracts could be negotiated during the 48 hour interview window prior to the start of this year’s free agency period. Custance reports the rules will likely be tweaked to prevent contract talks from taking place in future during this period. Over the remainder of the CBA, the interview period for potential UFAs will be from June 25 -30. That means it will be taking place throughout next year’s Entry Draft, which is set for June 27-28.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Custance also suggested the possibility of a team filing a complaint with the league if its front office feels it lost out on signing a player because a rival club negotiated a contract during the interview period. It’ll be interesting to see if that takes place this summer.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross looks at the recent free-spending done during the opening day of this year’s free agent period, and wonders if another lockout could be on the horizon when the current CBA expires.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The last three lockouts were never about bringing players salaries under control, and all about the owners trying to squeeze as much from the players as possible. Don’t be surprised if the owners try it again.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie reports via Twitter “Escrow for NHL players should be around 17 % for the 2013 season. HRR estimate at $2.2 Billion.”
DENVER POST: Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall draft pick of 2013, has signed his entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacKinnon’s former Halifax Mooseheads teammate Jonathan Drouin (who went third overall) did the same last week with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: New Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has received approval from the family of Derek Boogaard to wear the late enforcer’s Number 24.
NHL.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers yesterday signed defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year, $1 million contract.