NHL & NHLPA to meet again in NY City, the two sides agree on rules for returning players to junior & the minors prior to a lockout, the effect of a lockout upon the Canadian economy, potential winners and losers of an NHL lockout, KHL established criteria for locked out NHL players joining their league, and Marian Gaborik’s recovery from shoulder surgery.
TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA intend to meet again in New York this morning prior to the PA’s meeting this afternoon in what is being considered a last-ditch effort to prevent a lockout. Several hundred players are expected to attend the PA meetings today and Thursday, while the NHL Board of Governors will meet with league commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday, when he’ll update them on the status of negotiations with the PA.
SPORTSNET.CA: Michael Grange isn’t holding out hope for a resolution to emerge from today’s meetings.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The NHL and NHLPA did agree, however, to rules regarding the returning of players to junior or to the minor leagues before a potential lockout. The first rule allows teams to return their top prospects to junior and recall them if a lockout is ended during this season. The other creates a window for clubs to return minor league players not on two-way entry-level deals to be passed through waivers and returned to their farm teams prior to midnight Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oh sure, they can agree to those two things, but not on a new CBA to avoid another lockout.
THE HUFFINGTON POST: Daniel Tencer on how a lockout could affect the overall Canadian economy, referring to one economist who suggested it could shave off around $1.8 billion of GDP.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance lists the potential winners and losers of an NHL lockout. The biggest losers, of course, will be arena workers, hotels, bars and other businesses in NHL cities which rely on the league for a significant portion of their income.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov on certain rules the KHL will establish for locked-out NHL players hoping to join their league. Among them:
– 150 NHL games played over the last three seasons
– Must have previous KHL experience
– A national team member in one of the last two World Championships, World Junior Championships, or Olympic teams
– A Stanley Cup winner or finalist or an NHL award winner of another kind
To add to this, the KHL will only pay up to 65 percent of an NHL player’s contract so even if you want to go get paid, you’re not going to get it all.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So in other words, the KHL wants only the best available NHL talent.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Marian Gaborik is back in New York and skating again, hoping to return sometime in November from off-season shoulder surgery, provided there’s no lockout.