NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 9, 2012.

A round-up of the latest NHL CBA headlines, the Coyotes highlight the risky economics of building sports stadiums, and updates on Chris Pronger and Erik Gudbranson.


NHL CBA talks expected to resume today.

SPORTSNET.CA: CBA talks between the NHL and NHLPA are “likely” to resume today. The current CBA expires on September 15.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle explains what is truly at stake in these CBA negotiations is $1.28 billion US:

“It’s a total figure that works out to $320-million a season over the next four years if league revenues continue to grow at the same 7-per-cent rate they have since the last lockout, but it speaks to how far the two sides have to go to get back on the ice by Oct. 11.”

OTTAWA SUN: Minnesota Wild (and former Ottawa Senator) center Zenon Konopka, who’s been in New York attending this weekend’s meetings, remains hopeful a deal can be reached before September 15th, but acknowledged a lot of hard work is required.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks notes NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his allies like to point to the NFL and NBA recently getting their players to agree to a lesser share of revenue, but Brooks points out none of those players lost any money on their existing contracts. The NHL, meanwhile, seeks to claw back more money from the players in the form of increased escrow payments.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher wonders if it might be time to consider getting rid of the NHLPA, especially if it should cave again to the owners’ demands.

THE ATLANTIC: Highlights the Phoenix Coyotes as an example of the risky economics of constructing new sports stadiums in hopes of attracting more fans.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited “tweets” from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the status of concussed Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who (according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren) is still experiencing headaches and is “the same”, meaning he’s made little progress in his recovery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say it, but it appears to me Pronger’s playing career is over. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson suffered a shoulder injury during recent training which will require treatement.


  1. I agree with Tony Gallagher,the players have no leverage as a group.What little they received in negotiating the last CBA they are about to lose in this one.Having been involved in a small business CBA in which I represented the hourly employees a few years back,the owners have the money,leverage and law on their side.If they do not want to give they won’t it’s simple.Go some place else to work.That is exactly what will happen here.Or form a new league period.

    • Really you are agree with the moron.Union are going have to in place.The player did not lose anything ,they still got paid.The small market owners are still losing money.If you think player have lost this one you are mistaken.The league will say the have won but they have not because the big market owners will still screw with the small market teams.

      • Man do I need to proof -read.

  2. Although I agree with most of what Brooks said, he is a hypocrite in the sense that he always lists the names of the Rangers’ rivals with giving examples, but never list the Rangers, even though they are just as guilty. For example, today he starts his list as always with the Bruins and then Philly. Why is the Rangers’ owner always exempt from his constant complaints about the owners? Dolan is just as guiltly as Jacobs and Snider.

  3. The bottom line for me is, I still won’t be able to afford to take the family to games.
    $50 for binocular tickets for an Av’s game is $200 plus parking share some Nachos and a drink, souvenirs forget about it.
    Both side are being selfish and the fans ALWAYS LOSE. They should suck it up and do their jobs they all will still be millionaires.
    I don’t buy the argument the players only have a short time to play, good retire from hockey and go get a job, most all player have been to collage and have marketable skills.

  4. Kasey….. fully agree on the price of tickets for the family. Way too expensive to take a family. You can’t, however, blame the players for a short career. It is true that most players do only have a limited time for the prime years. In addition, most have not been to college. Most playerss are drafted out of junior hockey (CHL – WHL, OHL, QMJHL) or Europe, that do not get a college degrees through the college ranks.

  5. I agree with this part “Larry Brooks notes NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his allies like to point to the NFL and NBA recently getting their players to agree to a lesser share of revenue, but Brooks points out none of those players lost any money on their existing contracts.”

    Additionally if there is no NHL season for half a season, the junior league’s OHL, WHL, QMJHL and AHL, will greatly benefit from that!