NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2012.

Entering Day 2 of the NHL lockout, here’s a look at the latest NHL headlines, including players heading overseas to play.

SPORTINGNEWS: Sean Gentille reports the NHL and NHLPA engaged in PR tactics yesterday to explain their respective rationales behind the lockout. The league and its 30 teams released messages to their fans, while the PA cut a video involving several notable NHL stars (including Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews) describing their passion for the game and desire for a fair deal with the lea.

Dastysuk among a number of locked-out NHL players heading to Europe.

A number of players,meanwhile, are headed overseas. Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Gonchar, and Alexi Ponikorovsky are among those headed to the KHL. Gentille also offers up a list of several AHL teams which have added players from their NHL parent clubs.

PUCK DADDY: Dmitry Chesnokov reports Sidney Crosby’s reps have contacted Metallurg Magnitogorsk, whose roster includes Crosby’s Penguins teammate Malkin. Toronto’s Nikolai Kulemin is also reportedly close to joining Metallurg.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon cites reports claiming Dallas Stars forward Jaromir Jagr will play for Kladno in the Czech Republic, a club which he is part-owner. Joining him will be countryman and Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec. James O’Brien cites a report claiming Calgary Flames winger Jiri Hudler will join the Czech-based KHL team Lev Praha, while Swedish team Mora IK is courting LA Kings star Anze Kopitar, whose brother plays for that club.

VANCOUVER SUN: KHL VP Ilya Kochevrin considers the league in position to capitalize on the NHL lockout by adding players to its rosters it would normally not have access to, suggesting “as a marketing tool it’s a great opportunity”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like a number of NHL players aren’t wasting any time finding other leagues to play in. Yes, they’re taking away jobs from lesser players in those European leagues, and I truly sympathize with those players who’ll lose their jobs as a result. On the other hand, this is in the true spirit of free enterprise, as those leagues seek to profit from the NHL lockout. Can’t say I blame the owners of those teams for wanting to make more money by signing locked out NHL stars. For those slamming NHL players for doing this, remember, if the NHL owners hadn’t staged a lockout, those players wouldn’t be knocking on the doors of European teams looking for work, and the owners  of those team wouldn’t be cutting players to create roster spots for those NHL players.

USA TODAY: A lengthy NHL lockout could hurt the fledgling NBC Sports Network, which relies heavily upon NHL broadcasts.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: No hockey could actually prove to be a windfall for networks which usually cover the NHL.

MIAMI HERALD: George Richards suggests a lockout could slow the surge in the Florida Panthers popularity following their first playoff appearance in twelve years.


  1. 1) Will be intersting to see how many NHL-ers actually find/continue to work/play. I don’t recall there being too may 8 years ago and that might have affected the results of the lockout. The players seemed to fracture after a few months without a pay cheque
    2) If the combination of players going to Europe, AHL, back to junior, etc ends up being a few hundred we might be in for a LONG haul here. ( its also not a dead issue that Quebec might nullify the lockout there)
    3) Didn’t the owners float the idea of replacement players last time around? If it appears that the players are not suffering (enough) to the owners liking I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that trila balooon floated once again

  2. Just a lttle more proof that those at the top care little about those under them.

    Teams are signing a bunch of players at the last minute while they are trying to lower salaries and top end players are taking away jobs from lesser players and working for 60% of their NHL pay but are refusing to take any kind of pay cut to play in NHL.

    Teams with the cash to spend are spending and players that can withstand no paychecks are now going to get paid.

    With stuff like that going on it just shows that the top earners whether owner or player really do not care about fixing anything and that any new CBA will end up accomplishing very little and the dance will happen again next time.

  3. 1) @Top: Not sure how the class war fare arguments pertains here? The players are merely seeking employment there when they have been denied it here. Should they have sat and done nothing because other, less talented players might not be able to ?
    2) I also believe it was only the players last time, and now who actually had a idea on how to ‘Fix” the problem. Thats assuming the owners want to ‘fix’ the problems they created with luxury taxes and meaningful revenue sharing. For until that happens we will see the perpetual cycle of lowers revenue teams losing money. Its NOT the players who are asking for more money. The only thing on the table is how much less the players will take this time around.
    3) The real folks getting hurt are the “lesser emplyees” of the teams who are probably gonna be let got/cut back and the arena personel losing some of their part time income with the loss of games.

  4. Owners Expenses: Player Expenses:
    Lease building Zero
    Pay players
    Pay airfare on away games
    Pay food on away games
    Pay hotels on away games
    Pay coaches
    Pay training staff
    Pay for pregame meals
    Pay for training faculties
    Pay for uniforms and cleaning

    Owners Income: Players Income:
    Gate receipts Paycheck from owners
    (Smaller failing teams get percent 57% of team revenue (profit)
    of better run teams monies)

    Then the players retire at 35 and play on the beach for the rest of their life.

  5. Player Expenses:

    Players Income:
    Paycheck from owners
    57% of team revenue (profit)

    I make $65K doing IT fro a University would I play hockey for that money HECK YEAH and I’ll bet all of you would to. If not your just in for the money.

  6. Faux,

    yes i believe the players should stay here and show unity otherwise it is not unity.

    if i am one of the lesser players making 1/5 of them and now seeing them play and get paid and that my job may even be gone in a year or 2 while they will be making big bucks for years plus that they are making overseas players lose jobs i am not going to be too pleased.

    i have to look at that as i am getting mine no matter what so why am i sitting here not playing?
    may as well take the offer and get what i can while i can and get mine too.

    either they all play or nobody plays and not the stars types getting away with no suffering.
    in a real normal union job everyone stays out until there is a settlement.

    the players ‘fix’ is just as bad as the owners,neither of their ideas is good.


    you forgot one more thing with the players.
    they also get paid extra by equipment companies,hockey card stuff,ads,appearances etc.

    the easiest fix is to eliminate guaranteed contracts so teams can let overpaid underachiving players go and they can sign elsewhere for less and reprove themselves and the teams can recoup on a bad investment.
    that would also keep players motivation up and not sign the big contract and then coast until the last year.
    that is one big thing the NFL got right.

    but that will never happen.

  7. I despise the lockout as much as anyone, but I also see it as a neccessary evil. Given your views on the players Lyle, do you honestly believe that if the owners lifted the lockout, agreed to continue negotiate with the players while using the old CBA for now, that the players wouldnt go on strike the second they got their final paycheck and the playoffs on the line. That is exactly what they would do (and Fehrs most favoured tactic in MLB). They are no different than the owners when it comes to using leverage, it was just simply the fact the owners had the first opportunity.

    • Maybe they would, maybe they wouldn’t. Everyone knew the league wasn’t going to go that route, and I don’t blame them, since it would’ve given the players leverage.

  8. Oh, and just because I sympathize with the players, don’t make the assumption I’m a shill for the NHLPA. I’m most certainly not, and the players deserve their fair share of the blame for this too, which I’ve written more than once. I believe the players are making a mistake by not agreeing to a 50-50 split, and negotiating off that in order to gain concessions from the league in other areas.

  9. @ all

    Please don’t forget that sports unions are different that regular unions. No one comes to see me at work or buy a shirt with my name on the back. It’s the same for the owners, well maybe except for Pegula, that guys a rock star.

    Without the players there is no product, there is no money , there is no fight over who gets what, there is nothing. The owners and the players get nothing. So who really looses?

    They both do. The owners loose a chance to make money in a fun way while being entertained and the players loose the big paychecks to play a game.

    This doesn’t include the fact that the KHL will take a few of them and they will still make huge money. (besides the point)

    BTW. on 1050TSN radio today Bob MacKenzie indicated that there are several teams that are using creative accounting to make it look like they are loosing money. His example was Comcast owns the Flyers, but doesn’t pay hardly anything for the broadcast rights.

  10. I still don’t get this.
    Aren’t the owners the ones paying the players.
    Can’t they just stop paying players more than they want to.
    It’s the owners who fight over free agents and throw millions at them.
    It’s the same in every sport.
    You could build a pretty solid team not paying anyone over 3 million a year.
    Look at the money Minnesota threw at free agents are they complaining about players salaries!!!

  11. What blows my mind a bit with this, at least with the KHL, players are willing to at best, take 35% less then what they make in the NHL to play there.

    This presents a much larger paycheck reduction then the owners proposal.

  12. Lyle, I am sorry if I left the impression I thought you were a “shill” for anyone. Unfortunately print doesn’t always portray context, and being a broke down old illiterate soldier, I tend to speak my mind without much concern for general opinion. So while we probably wont ever be shower buddies, I do respect and admire your work.