Reaction to the latest breakdown in NHL CBA talks, plus an update on the injury status of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs co-owner Larry Tanenbaum last night released a statement in which he shared the frustration of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman over the recent turn in NHL CBA negotiations. Tanenbaum was among the six owners who took part in CBA negotiations with the players this week in New York. Tanenbaum expressed his “shock” at how things played out this week, and questioned if the union was interested in making a deal.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman and PA rep Ron Hainsey, who also attended those negotiations this week, considered the league’s response last night “perplexing”. Hainsey also claimed the NHL informed the players on Wednesday night that having PA director Donald Fehr re-enter the negotiations “might be a deal-breaker”, resulting in the tone of discussions quickly going sour after that.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been suggested the league was attempting to pressure the players into accepting a deal without Fehr, something the players would never do. Fehr is their union leader, their chief negotiator, and the guy who must sign off on the deal for the players. If this was an attempt by the league to do an end-run around Fehr, it was a clumsy attempt.
OTTAWA SUN: Prior to the latest breakdown in NHL CBA talks, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson claimed he’d be “flabbergasted” if the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a season-saving deal.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla also offered up an opinion prior to the breakdown in talks. ““There’s so many different points of view. It’s a lot of ups and downs. I’ll go home and hopefully find out more.” Iginla said he’d been hoping for the past three months a deal would be reached.
EDMONTON SUN: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has yet to make a decision if he’ll join Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championships as he’s still having tests done on his left shoulder, which had been twice injured last season. He called it “precautionary stuff” and wanted to ensure it was at 100 percent before making a decision on the WJCs.