Among today’s collection of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: The NHL pressured a Kings reporter not to interview players during the lockout, the players hatred of Gary Bettman might be hampering CBA negotiations, some hockey fans don’t have a fix close by, and calling for a new pro hockey league in North America.
JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: The NHL reportedly attempted to prevent LA Kings Insider pundit Rich Hammond from interviewing Kings players during the lockout. Though the Kings defended Hammond, he felt uncomfortable over the pressure from the league, re-signed his job, and now covers other sports for the Orange County Register.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL has acted shamefully. The Kings gave Hammond autonomy to write whatever he wished about the club, and it is to their credit they defended him.
GRANTLAND: Katie Baker on the “the six people you meet in lockout hell”, which is essentially a breakdown of the major players in this NHL labor battle. Congrats, hockey fans, you made the cut!
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne suggests the players hatred for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman may be hampering the chances of getting a new CBA implemented, while Daniel Wagner notes that, for some fans, their hockey options are many miles away.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski wonders if concessions by the NHL could be the path to ending the lockout. Sure, but only if the NHLPA makes concessions first, because that’s what the league ultimately wants.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Eide suggests it’s time for another professional hockey league in North America to rival the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sorry, Andrew, but that ship sailed 33 years ago when the WHA folded and four of its remaining teams were enveloped into the NHL. The only true rival to the NHL now is the KHL, and it still has a long way to go before it becomes a serious threat to the NHL’s international dominance.
HOCKEY PROSPECTUS: Robert Vollman examines goals versus salary last season.
PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore reviews ESPN’s coverage of its first KHL game and found it, well, lacking.