Silence from Predators over Shea Weber’s offer sheet troubling, Wild owner seeks additional funding from co-owner for Parise and Suter contracts, Corey Crawford hopes to silence his critics, a look at what’s on the agenda at this week’s CBA talks, and more.
EXAMINER.COM: Jim Diamond finds the ongoing silence from the Nashville Predators regarding the Philadelphia Flyers offer sheet to Shea Weber troubling, suggesting they’re losing the PR battle and giving the impression they’re going down without a fight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We could hear from the Predators at some point between now and 11.59 PM ET on Wednesday. It possible they could stretch this out until Wednesday and then match the offer, but the longer this goes, the greater the perception they won’t.
TWINCITIES.COM: Charley Walters reports Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold spoke with Phil Falcone, who owns forty percent of the club, for additional cash to help pay for the signing bonuses ($10 million each) for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter . Falcone has been charged with fraud by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, plans to assist with the bonuses.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will head into this season hoping to silence his critics. The Blackhawks inquiries earlier this month to then-free agent goalie Martin Brodeur raised questions over management’s conviction in Crawford as a starting goalie.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Player safety, divisional realignment and participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics are expected to be among the topics in this week’s NHL CBA meetings in Toronto. The NHLPA has yet to make a counter-proposal to the league’s initial proposal, which was tabled over a week ago.
WINNIPEG SUN: Former Jets defenseman (and Charlottetown PEI native) Mark Flood signs with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL.