Cory Schneider with his reaction to NHL’s CBA proposal, Jets work on long-term deal with Evander Kane amid report Ondrej Pavelec involved in DUI incident, Oilers re-sign Peckham, Geoffrion re-signing by Habs overshadowed by condo news.
VANCOUVER SUN: Cory Schneider, NHLPA player rep for the Canucks, said the players weren’t going to panic over the NHL’s initial hardline CBA offer.
“It’s a starting point. We’re going to consider it and figure out what our counter proposal is going to be. Yes, it is a little shocking when you first look at it but, again, that’s how negotiations work. You aim high and then try to move back from there.
“There is going to have to be a lot of give and take for us to come to an agreement. So we’re not too worried and we’re not panicking right now. We’re just going to take it one meeting at a time.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see what the PA’s counter-proposal will be, but it appears they’re playing it cool and not over-reacting to the league’s offer.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets and right wing Evander Kane are working on a long-term deal which could six years in length.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing like negotiating a six-year deal for Kane to prove how much he “hates” playing in Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen over-reacts to news Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was involved in a DUI incident in the Czech Republic in May.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to downplay the seriousness of DUI, but I don’t believe this situation warranted Friesen’s reaction, bringing up Dustin Byfuglien’s boating incident last summer and a Jets prospect requiring surgery after slicing his hand on a fence to (facetiously) suggest the Jets players need 24-hour supervision. That’s not fair to the rest of the roster or the other Jets prospects, who’ve done nothing to warrant this scolding from a local pundit.
TSN.CA: The Edmonton Oilers yesterday re-signed defenseman Theo Peckham to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signing fourth-generation NHLer Blake Geoffrion to a one-year contract was overshadowed by news a tall, ugly condo project will be constructed next to the Bell Centre.