NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 6, 2012.

More depressing CBA news as another potential lockout looms on the horizon,  speculation over Ryan O’Reilly’s contract dispute costing him the Avalanche captaincy, an update on Patrick Eaves, and the Hurricanes re-sign Patrick Dwyer.

CBC.CA: No word from the NHL or NHLPA as to when CBA negotiations will resume. Talks were “recessed” last Friday.

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports the NHLPA has begun circulating a lockout preparation memo among its membership. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, meanwhile, was scheduled to have dinner yesterday with NHLPA second-in-command Steve Fehr. Daly doesn’t believe anyone is panicked over the lack of progress in talks, but expressed concern the players weren’t considering September 15th (the expiry date of the current CBA) as a deadline.

Pronger guarantees NHL season won’t begin on time.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger “guarantees” this season won’t begin as scheduled.

REUTERS.COM: NBC executives are concerned a lockout could have an effect upon the momentum of NBC Sports programming, of which NHL programming is a linchpin.

CANADIAN PRESS (VIA NATIONAL POST): The KHL will opens its arms to NHL stars – especially Russian ones – in the event of another NHL lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: What more really needs to be said about all this now? If the NHL and NHLPA cannot reach an agreement by September 15, the league will lock out the players -a number of whom will seek jobs in European leagues – and risk damage to its visibility in the all-important American sports market. 

DENVER POST: Mike Chambers wonders if Ryan O’Reilly’s contract dispute with the Avalanche prevented him from becoming their captain. The Avs named sophomore forward Gabriel Landeskog as their new captain earlier this week. Chambers suggests it might, but still feels Landeskog is an excellent choice.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves is improving in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms but still has “weird days”.

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday announced the re-signing of forward Patrick Dwyer to a two-year contract worth $990K per season.

7 Comments

  1. It wouldn’t bother me much to have AHL games televised while the NHL owners lock out their players. Those NHLers that are elibible to play in the AHL would strengthen the talent pool and make it just that much more entertaining. If millionaire NHL players feel that they just must play in Europe then let them but turn the TV cameras on the AHL and showcase that league with prime time coverage. Sure you won’t have all the stars but you will be entertained and our insatiable craving for high caliber hockey will be sated. Meanwhile the owners of NHL teams will be getting zero TV revenue and will I believe quickly find their way to ending the lockout.

    • I second that motion

  2. The NHL had the insight to include a “lockout clause’ in their contract with NBC and the information that I have read from the network doesnt seem to have them overly concerned about the loss of possible programming. Unlike most Cdn broadcasters, NBC will have more than sufficient options to replace the lost programming for however long.

    I am a firm believer that the NHLPA is dragging its heels in these negotiations intentionally. Yes, the players are all saying the right things, “we want to play” (of course they would, they get a paycheck and nothing changes), but if you look at the timeline since new years, they have done little or nothing of signifcance. They refused to begin negotiations during the season. Then they took a month to respond to the owners proposal, fully knowing they already knew their opening stance. And once again we are waiting for a players response to another proposal.

    The fact is, the NHLPA has very few cards in this game. The owners lose very little in a lockout, in fact some will benefit by actually losing less money. The NHLPA loses a paycheck and only gets a minor stipend from the union.

    The big card the players have is one of the reasons I believe they are dragging their heels. Sept or Dec offer no incentive to the owners to cave, but the one thing that “might, just might” force the owners hand is the Winter Classic. If the players can maintain the status quo until then and not offer any consessions, they may be able to force the owners hand depending on how important that game is to the league and NBC.

    • The owners have no qualms about locking out the players for as long as it takes – they have a proven track record on that count. What the players have to decide is what salary cut they’re going to take in this negotiation. I’m sure the owners would be more than happy to split the HRR at 50% which would mean an approximate loss of $230M to the players or about a 12% reduction in their wages. Unfortunately for the players the wage cuts are coming they just have to settle on a number they can live with. I’m on neither side but the Owners do have the hammer here. On another note if the NHL were to go back to the PA and make another offer to them increasing the players cut then the onus is on the union to get out of delay mode and actually start negotiating.

  3. I now hear that the players will be paid all their funds held in escrow from last season, about 18%, around mid October. Can someone verify that.
    No wonder the players are in no rush to settle given that amount of money being paid to them.

  4. I fully support the players and their stance. The last contract was for all intent and purpose written by Betteman & the boys and stuffed down the players throats with the caveat that by agreeing to ALL the owners demands, including a salary reduction and a hard salary cap, that it would finally fix what the owners thought was an inequity once and for all.
    It is not that the old contract was not working but that the rich teams are tired of subsidizing the poor teams and the teams that are not making money is not the players fault but rather poor placement by Betteman.
    That along with the fact that the owners did not see the fans returning in droves and increasing hockey related revenue beyond what “the leagues experts” predicted and what the owners thought was possible, and now that the terms of the old contract gives the players more than the NHL ever thought they would get, and that contract is up, they intend to lock out the players and make them accept a new contract that takes away from them AGAIN.
    You can’t blame the players for wanting the best contract possible and with owners willing to throw $100 million dollar contracts at players, some owners even two of such contracts, so instead of becoming part of the solution the owners continue to be the main problem..
    Enough is never enough for the have’s of this world and the have not’s will never get them to relinquish their sense of self entitlement long enough to make the playing field level and fair.

  5. Gee, I feel so bad for NBC, which is owned by Comcast, which is run by Ed Snider, owner of the Flyers. Isn’t he one of the hard liners in contract negotiations? Bummer for him…..