Wrap-up of this week’s NHL CBA negotiations, aspiring hockey journalist dies in Colorado theater shooting, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa address fans at Blackhawks convention, Devils re-sign Mark Fayne, and Penguins replace medical staff.
ESPN.COM: CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA wrapped up this week in New York without a formal counter-proposal to the league’s initial proposal, which was tabled a week ago. Negotiations will continue in Toronto on Tuesday, focusing upon “non-core economic factors”, which include player safety, discipline and divisional realignment.
NEW YORK POST: A leaked memo from PA executive director Donald Fehr to the PA membership lays out what the 2011-12 salary cap would’ve looked like under the league’s proposal reductions in the players’ share of hockey-related revenue, indication it would’ve fallen to below 2003-04 levels.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing inflammatory about that. Fehr is merely keeping the players informed by explaining how the league’s initial proposal would affect the salary cap.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle explains why NHL teams are crying poor despite the league’s record-high revenue, pointing out it’s not because of the players share of revenue, but rather how the owners share is distributed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the league succeeds in reducing the players share of HRR without a significant improvement in revenue distribution among the owners, this problem will only continue. I realize the big market owners don’t want to share more than they already do (which is a pittance, believed to be only 7 percent), but this is an issue that cannot be ignored, nor can it be suitably addressed by demanding the players accept less and less. Either adopt a better system of revenue-sharing, or relocate/fold the struggling franchises.
PUCK DADDY: Hockey blogger and aspiring journalist Jessica Ghawi, also known as Jessica Redfield, was among those killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings. My condolences to her family, friends and co-workers.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane admitted he was embarrassed by the photos of his drunken escapades this spring at a Wisconsin university, adding it’s something he hopes to learn from and mature.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa said he’s happy with the progress he’s made in his recovery from a season-ending concussion suffered in the playoffs. Heis working out in Slovakia, and hopes to be ready for training camp in the fall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news about Hossa, and hopefully he’ll make a full recovery.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday re-signed defenseman Mark Fayne to a two-year, $2.6 million contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing set for August 2.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Pittsburgh Penguins recently announced they’re replacing their entire medical staff “as part of a proposed move by 2014 to a hockey facility in Cranberry that will be in conjunction with UPMC”