The latest collection of NHL CBA news, an update on Michael Del Zotto’s contract talks and Erik Gudbranson’s supposed shoulder injury, and Kara Pavelich, wife of former NHL star
Matt Mark Pavelich, dies in a fall.
SPORTINGS NEWS: No meetings were schedule Sunday between the NHL and NHLPA, suggesting hope for a resolution in the CBA dispute may be slim. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the two sides still remain far apart, adding the league needs to hear again from the PA ”before this can move forward”. The league will lock out the players on September 15th if there’s no new deal in place by then.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NHLPA could use Quebec labour law to try to prevent the league and the Montreal Canadiens from locking out Habs players. The NHLPA is not certified by the Quebec Labour Board.
The NHLPA adds that, under Quebec law, an employer – the Canadiens, in this case – cannot lock out employees – Habs players, in this case – unless they are represented by a union certified by the QLB.
Canadiens players, through their Montreal-based lawyer, Michael Cohen, sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter to the owners of the Canadiens and to the NHL on Friday, Sept. 7. Unless they cease their threats to lockout, the players will make an application to the Quebec Labour Board this upcoming week seeking to stop the Canadiens from locking out their players.
If the Quebec Labour Board agrees, the NHLPA contends, it could order the owners of the Canadiens not to lock out the players or to end a lockout in Quebec if one has started.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting moves by the PA, which also includes their exploring labour laws in the other Canadian provinces with NHL teams to determine if they can prevent the league and those teams from locking out its players. This was suggested by some pundits and bloggers during the previous lockout, but nothing came of it. Could be interesting if even one team is prevented from locking out its players, thought it likely won’t prevent the league from locking out the rest of the players.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: NY Rangers GM Glen Sather, coach John Tortorella and center Brad Richards all remain optimistic a new CBA can be reached. Sather also spoke about his contract negotiations with RFA blueliner Michael Del Zotto.
“He’ll come to his senses,” Sather said of the 22-year-old Del Zotto, who completed his three-year, $2.625 million entry-level contract and did not have arbitration rights this off-season. “Our offer is what it is. You can’t negotiate against yourself.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully the optimism of Sather, Tortorella and Richards will be justified. As for Del Zotto, it doesn’t sound as though he’ll be re-signed prior to September 15th.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have yet to confirm a report defenseman Erik Gudbranson suffered a shoulder injury last week while training for the upcoming season. One source suggested the injury could sideline Gudbranson up to four months.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As of this writing there was still no confirmation of Gudbranson’s supposed injury. Hopefully, the team will provide clarification today.
TWINCITIES.COM: Kara Pavelich, wife of former US Olympic and NHL player
Matt Mark Pavelich, died last Thursday after falling from a second story balcony at their home which had no railing. She was 44.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Condolences to Pavelich and his family.