As the NHL lockout enters Day 103, there’s no formal talks scheduled this week between the two sides. Read on for the latest collection of notable lockout morning headlines.
TSN.CA: There are currently no plans this week for the NHL and NHLPA to stage formal negotiations toward ending the lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHLPA has until January 2, 2013, to file its disclaimer of interest. I think the league is holding off further talks waiting to see if the PA actually goes through with it, while the PA is hoping to use the threat of it as leverage if there are any formal talks prior to that date. The world’s stupidest game of “chicken” continues…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve got two suggestions: end this damned lockout now, and the owners improve its labor relations with the players to bring to a permanent end this cycle of CBA-lockout-CBA-lockout which is slowly but surely killing the NHL.
NJ.COM: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said this lockout has made him “embarrassed for the game”, pointing out he’s not actively involved in CBA negotiations this time around.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed Lamoriello has been marginalized by the money troubles of Devils primary owner Jeff Vanderbeek, and for negotiating the Ilya Kovalchuk contract in 2010, which was initially rejected by the NHL for circumvention of the salary cap.
WASHINGTON POST: John Feinstein lays blame for the lockout squarely at the feet of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the team owners.
DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings reportedly owe tens of millions of dollars in cable debt to the City of Detroit.
PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL: The Phoenix Coyotes stand to turn a profit if they stay off the ice this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If true, that’s yet another arrow in the quivers of the franchise’s critics, and of those who question the league’s rationale for its stubborn insistence on maintaining a franchise in Arizona.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes if there’s no CBA in place by next summer, the NHL might have to resort to a lottery to determine the team rankings for the 2013 NHL entry draft. The league staged a similar draft in 2005 following the last lockout.
TORONTO STAR: NHL scouts are flocking to the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia, to begin ranking prospects for the 2013 Entry Draft.
USA TODAY: The NHL lockout is having little impact upon minor league attendance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was assumed the lockout would send hockey-starved fans flocking to the minor leagues, but apparently that’s not the case. For most NHL fans, it’s the NHL or nothing, which is why the league feels confident it can recover from another lockout.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi chronicles former Flyers coach and GM Keith Allen’s battle with dementia.
NEW YORK TIMES: Rather than wait for the 2012-13 season to begin, the NY Rangers have hoisted their Atlantic Division Champions banner for 2011-12.