In this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines: Jeremy Roenick speaks out against Crosby updates…Escrow set for this season…Hull warns the Jets not to lose their fans again…An excerpt from a new book on former NHL’er Mike Danton…Thomas Vanek off to a good start…Veteran blueliner Sean O’Donnell soldiers ons…Is a lawsuit against Don Cherry worthwhile?
TSN.CA: Former NHL player and current analyst Jeremy Roenick is growing tired of the constant media updates on Sidney Crosby’s recovery from post-concussion symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, J.R., how do ya think Crosby feels? He’s as sick of being asked the same tired questions as you are of hearing them.
ESPN.COM: The NHL has set the player escrow rate for this season at 8.5 percent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s down from what it was at over the past couple of seasons, when it was set between 12-15 percent to open the season.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Former Winnipeg Jets great Bobby Hull warns the new version of the Jets not to make the same mistakes as the previous team and take the fans for granted, or make decisions which alienates them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wasn’t just questionable decisions which drove the original Jets to Phoenix, but they were contributing factors, and the new Jets ownership would be wise to heed the advice of “The Golden Jet”.
TORONTO SUN: presents an excerpt from columnist Steve Simmons’ new book, “The Lost Dream”, which chronicles the troubled life of former NHL player Mike Danton.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This biography doesn’t have Danton’s blessing, and he’s apparently not too happy about the book.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres forward Thomas Vanek is off to a terrific start, with five points in his first two games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vanek is a very talented player, with the skills to become one of the league’s most dominant players, yet in recent seasons he’s always seemed to leave Sabres fans wanting more with his play. To be fair, he’s also been hampered by injuries, but if he could play up to his full abilities, he could be one of the dominant players in this season’s scoring race.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: 40-year-old Blackhawks defenseman Sean O’Donnell continues to soldier on despite his age, saying he’ll continue to play as long as he’s still having fun, and until no other NHL teams wish to sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That day may be coming soon for O’Donnell, but for this season, he’ll remain a key part of the Blackhawks defense corps.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox calls on both sides in the “Don Cherry” spat to “grow up”, telling the former players (Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson) mulling a lawsuit against Cherry for what they consider his defamatory remarks against them to continue picking apart Cherry’s arguments without directly engaging the popular CBC personality.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Part of the reason why Cherry has been able to say what he wants for so long is because few have directly challenged him. Ignoring him and hoping he’ll go away hasn’t worked for the past 30-plus years, so why expect it to work now? Cherry could resolve this situation easily by simply being a man, admitting he was wrong to criticize Grimson, Nilan and Thomson as he did, and moving on. That’s all those three want, nothing more, but Cherry has the misguided perception that apologies are a sign of weakness, which is why those three are left with little recourse but to consider a lasuit. Perhaps a “shot across the bow” will be something he understands. There’s no shame in admitting you made a mistake, Don. Man up and do the right thing, no one will think less of you for doing so.