Ongoing analysis of the NHL lockout, the Blue Jackets pursue former Blues president John Davidson, and two Canadian networks squabble over the use of “Night in Canada”.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts gives us another sign the NHL lockout could be a long one, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils have told the players on their respective farm teams (which contains several players under NHL contracts) to secure housing for the entire AHL season. Susan Krashinsky, meanwhile, reports Canadian NHL sponsors are drawing up contingency plans in case this lockout kills the entire season.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The NHL risks alienating its revenue sources if owners like Rocky Wirtz of the Blackhawks don’t step up and bring a resolution to the current lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Wirtz is part of league commissioner Gary Bettman’s small cabal of influential owners, he won’t be able to do much. And if he is part of that cabal, he’s among those driving this lockout.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance has a breakdown of where the money went on player salaries, going on to suggest the next CBA could continue to see hockey’s “working class” (which includes backup goalies, which saw a significant drop in their salaries under the previous CBA) continue to be the hardest hit.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie offers up his thoughts on a variety of lockout topics. He considers two significant obstacles in this labor dispute to be the league’s desire for too much too soon, and the NHLPA’s clinging to the notion they’ll emerge from this lockout without any tangible reduction to their salaries.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Former St. Louis Blues president John Davidson will be meeting with Blue Jackets ownership this weekend in Columbus. It’s believed the Jackets would like to hire him as president of hockey operations.
TORONTO STAR: The CBC has issued CTV with a “cease and desist” letter regarding the latter’s use of “Night in Canada” to promote re-runs of “The Big Bang Theory” in its Saturday evening timeslot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, because dumb-ass hockey fans are bound to confuse “Big Bang Theory Night in Canada” with “Hockey Night in Canada”.