NHLPA director Fehr suggests next season could start without CBA, a major deal between the Blue Jackets and Islanders at the draft fell through, calls for Brendan Shanahan and Fred Shero to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, updates on Zbynek Michalek and Peter Mueller, and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALKS: NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr yesterday suggested the possibility the 2012-13 NHL season could begin without a new CBA in place, provided both sides are continuing negotiations. The current CBA expires on September 15, but Fehr suggests the league and PA could continue to function under that agreement while a new one is being worked out.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fehr’s not only correct, but it was also (intentionally or not) a brilliant PR move on his part. The league’s media sycophants are likely to ramp up a “Fear Fehr” campaign to paint him in a bad light and stoke up concerns of a work stoppage amongst NHL fans. With his comments, Fehr is stating he and the PA are willing to be reasonable, hope to negotiate a fair deal, and aren’t pushing for a league shutdown. He’s also put the ball back in the league’s court, saying a work stoppage will be up to the league, not the PA. Should be interesting to see how the league reacts.
DETROIT NEWS/PHILLY.COM: Gregg Krupa makes the case for Brendan Shanahan’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, while Frank Seravalli resurrects an article he wrote two years ago calling for the long-overdue induction of former Flyers head coach Fred Shero into the Hall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be surprising if Shanahan, on the ballot for the first time, isn’t inducted, but it’s a damn disgrace Shero hasn’t been inducted. I daresay that’s because there’s a majority on the HHOF selection committee who blame Shero for the “Broad Street Bullies” era, but Shero’s credentials for eligibility into the Hall outshine the goon image of the Flyers back then. Three Flyers from that era (Clarke, Parent and Barber) are in the HHOF. Shero, who was a hockey innovator as well as a successful coach, deserves to be there too. Still, this is the same HHOF induction committee who snubbed a dying Pat Burns (the only coach to not only win three Adams trophies as NHL coach of the year, but did so with three different teams), and continues to do so after his passing, so we shouldn’t be surprised by their deliberate slight of Shero.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH/NEWSDAY: The Columbus Blue Jackets are rumored to have received an offer from the NY Islanders during the first round of this year’s entry draft in which the Isles proposed to send all their picks in the 2012 draft to the Jackets in exchange for the second overall pick. The Islanders management declined to comment on the story.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This certainly garnered a lot of attention yesterday in the Twittersphere, with both GMs being criticized; Columbus’ Scott Howson for apparently rejecting the offer, and Islanders GM Garth Snow for proposing it.
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl with the first part of an interesting two-part piece on how major trades and free agent signings usually tend to be more hype than impact.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Zbynek Michalek is happy to be returning to the Phoenix Coyotes. He was dealt back to the Coyotes by the Penguins last Friday.
NJ.COM: Devils defenseman Mark Fayne will be sidelined three-four months after wrist surgery.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Colorado Avalanche didn’t tender a qualifying offer to Peter Mueller, allowing him to become a UFA, and announced the re-signing of defenseman Ryan Wilson to a three year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mueller’s concussion history is the likely reason the Avs decided not to qualify his right. Remains to be seen if another NHL team takes a chance on him. It would be a shame that someone who had so much promise has his career cut short by concussions.