Reaction to announcment of 2012 HHOF inductees, CBA talks to commence Friday, Hurricanes to talk contract with Jordan Staal, Sharks re-sign three, a commentary on Justin Schultz, and more.
TSN.CA: Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates will be inducted later this year into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
SLAM! HOCKEY: The Hockey Hall of Fame induction committee faced criticism for passing over first-ballot nominee Brendan Shanahan, as well as its continued snubbing of former NHL coaching greats Fred Shero and Pat Burns.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi believes the induction committee shamed itself, again, by snubbing Shero.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the four selected this year for induction are worthy choices. Perhaps the reason Shanahan didn’t get inducted this year was because he’s in his first season as a league employee and the Hall wanted to avoid charges of favoritism. He’ll be inducted sooner rather than later. The ongoing snub of Shero and Burns, however, remains inexcusable, as is their continued exclusion of goaltender Rogie Vachon, who won three Stanley Cups, the Vezina Trophy, was twice a second-team All-Star, was named Team Canada MVP at the 1976 Canada Cup, holds numerous goaltending records with the LA Kings, and has his number retired by them.
TSN.CA: CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA will begin this Friday in New York.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have begun contract negotiations with recently-acquired Jordan Staal, who’ll be eligible next July for unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal reportedly rejected a ten-year, $60 million offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to being dealt to the Hurricanes. It remains to be seen if the Hurricanes make a similar offer, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he accept a little less money for the opportunity to play alongside his brother Eric.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren scolds Justin Schultz for failing to demonstrate loyalty to the Anaheim Ducks (the team which drafted him) and exploiting a loophole in the CBA allowing him to become a UFA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a loophole I expect we’ll see closed in the next CBA. Warren makes a good point about the Ducks taking a chance on him, investing in him and their willingness to give him a chance to play in the NHL, but obviously, Schultz – for whatever reason – didn’t want to play for the Ducks. I don’t fault Schultz and his agent for seizing an opportunity provided to them in the CBA.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Tommy Wingels to a two year deal, defenseman Justin Braun to a three-year deal, and center Andrew Desjardins to a one-year contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl on why acquisitions tend to fizzle for the Buffalo Sabres.
MLIVE.COM: Former NHL star and current Detroit Red Wings executive Chris Chelios is interested in coaching one day, but isn’t pursuing a vacant assistant coaching job with the Wings.