The latest NHL lockout news, locked out Rangers and Flyers stage a charity game for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and Peter Mueller hopes to get his career backon track.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks calls for “a hero or two (or four or five) to emerge from the ranks” of the NHL Board of Governors during their meeting on December 5 to bring this lockout to an end. He finds it hard to believe the owners of the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Rangers, Canucks, Flyers Red Wings, Penguins and Blackhawks would just stand by and let the hardliners among their ranks threaten the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if a number of owners use the BoG meeting to push Commissioner Gary Bettman and league negotiators toward a settlement, or if they’ll just rubber-stamp Bettman’s agenda.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports NHLPA director Donald Fehr hinted at the possibility of decertification but wouldn’t commit to it. Seravalli considers the PA’s threat of decertification as part of negotiations, akin to the owners threat of cancelling the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree this is a negotiating tactic. Will the league try to call the PA’s bluff, or are both sides merely engaged in public posturing while working toward a new CBA? We’ll find out between now and the end of December.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Fehr also believes Roman Hamrlik’s ability to criticize the PA leadership is what separates the players from the owners, as the former can freely speak their opinions to the media, while the latter are under a gag order from the commissioner.
CSNCHICAGO: Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland has apologized for retweeting a fan’s post wanting commissioner Gary Bettman dead. “It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out,” Bolland told TSN on Saturday. “I like to retweet for a lot of my fans and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it.”
CSNPHILLY.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Locked out members of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers (plus other locked-out NHLers) staged a charity game last night in Atlantic City to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The sellout crowd (10,792) saw Team New York (captained by Brad Richards) down Team Philly/New Jersey (captained by Scott Hartnell) 10-6. The fans at times also expressed their feelings over the lockout, chanting “we want hockey!” in the first period.
MIAMI HERALD: Peter Mueller hopes to get his NHL career back on track when the lockout ends. Mueller has been plagued by career-threatening concussion injuries.