Among today’s notable morning headlines: NHL CBA talks resume today in Toronto, NHL hires focus group to assist in PR lockout spin, director Kevin Smith weighs in on lockout, Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk inducted into US Hockey Hall of Fame, and former NHL forward Bill Ezinicki has passed away.
NATIONAL POST: The NHL and NHLPA will meet today in Toronto for another round of CBA negotiations, this time expected to address the main economic issues which have proven the main sticking points in those talks.
PHILLY.COM: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly hinted Monday the league could be willing to make another CBA proposal in hopes of starting some movement toward a resolution in these CBA talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a good sign if both sides are finally willing to start talking about the core economic issues, better still if one or both sides are prepared to make new proposals. It’s been rumoured the NHLPA was either working on a new proposal of its own, or had one in hand and was awaiting the right moment to present it to the league. I’d say now is the right time.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The discovery yesterday by Deadspin the NHL had hired a well-known conservative pollster to assist how it conducts its PR spin of this lockout generated considerable buzz among NHL pundits, bloggers and fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing nefarious about this. If anything, I’m surprised the league didn’t do this weeks ago. Doesn’t matter if the pollster was conservative or liberal.
SPORTING NEWS: Agent Pat Brisson, who represents Sidney Crosby (among other notable NHL stars), could organize a world tour of locked-out NHL players.
NEWSOBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen is back in Carolina after playing eight games in the Finnish Elite League. Tax and insurance issues were what limited his participation in Finland.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk were inducted yesterday into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was also inducted.
KING5.COM: County and city councils yesterday approved the proposed NBA/NHL arena deal for Seattle. Public funding could be $140 million if investor and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen can get one pro team to fill the building, $200 million if he can attract two teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like there could be a possible competitor to Quebec City for a relocated/expansion NHL franchise.
BOSTON HERALD: Former Maple Leafs and Bruins forward William “Wild Bill” Ezinicki died last Thursday at the age of 88. Ezinicki won three Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs and played for two season with the Bruins.