The NHL lockout continues with no end in sight, threatening the Winter Classic and stoking fears of another lost season and the end of some players’ careers. Happy Halloween, everyone.
NATIONAL POST: NHL players will have lost a month’s worth of salaries and will lose another, but they’ll receive their escrow checks this week, which should provide them some financial relief. To date, there’s been no progress in negotiations and no formal talks scheduled.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: It’s possible the cancellation of the Winter Classic and the threat of another season lost to a lockout could drive away some of the league’s sponsors, possibly for good. Larry Quinn, a former minority owner of the Buffalo Sabres, believes otherwise.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Fears the 2012-13 season could be in jeopardy are rising.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NHL and NHLPA will face off again at Quebec’s labour relations board, this time in December.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The careers of long-time NHL veterans, like Minnesota’s Matt Cullen, former Wild forward Brian Rolston, Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, could be threatened if this season is lost to a lockout. For many, this season was expected to be their last.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Expensive insurance costs could prevent Sidney Crosby from playing in Europe during the lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve previously written about these subjects and I’m not in the mood to do so again today. This lockout is pointless, for the league as well as the players. Hopefully, both sides will return to the bargaining table soon and hammer out a season-saving deal.