No end in sight as the NHL lockout moves into December. Read on for the latest.
TSN.CA: The NHLPA is expected to inform the NHL today if it will take league commissioner Gary Bettman up on his suggestion of an owners-players only meeting.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Consensus is the PA rejects the suggestion, though it would make for an interesting swerve if they didn’t.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan suggests playing a shortened NHL season has its drawbacks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it does, but at this stage, NHL followers just want the league back in action on the ice. On a personal note, it would also mean I could return to making a decent living again.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports the NHLPA must decide if decertification is worth the risk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they believe the league isn’t trying to negotiate anymore and merely seeking to crush them again, I don’t see what other option they have other than capitulation.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist would prefer if Bettman allowed other NHL owners (like Rangers owner James Dolan) to the negotiating table.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the history between Bettman and Dolan, I believe that’s the last thing the commissioner wants.
ESPN.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos is finding this lockout a difficult period, as it is the longest he’s gone without playing hockey. He’s starting to give consideration to playing overseas if it isn’t ended soon.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Stamkos’s teammate Martin St. Louis would like to be part of any owner-player talks.
OTTAWA SUN: LA Kings forward Dustin Penner has a gig working as an intern on Conan O’Brien’s show.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps O’Brien appreciated Penner’s quick-witted response to his put-down of the Kings Stanley Cup parade.
COURIERPOST ONLINE: Jeremy Roenick suggests the NHL should contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Something the NHL will resist, in part because contraction would be an admission by the league’s brain trust they grew too big too fast.