Among today’s notable collection of headlines: NHL, NHLPA hints of re-starting CBA talks, Oilers ownership threatens relocation, plus updates on Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Dan Ellis.
ESPN.COM: Yesterday’s meeting between the NHL and NHLPA over the finalization of last season’s HRR didn’t result in any firm dates on when the two sides would return to the CBA bargaining table. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly acknowledged the two sides remained in constant contact, suggesting the current situation is considerably better than around the same time during the last lockout.
TORONTO STAR: Daly, Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA leaders Donald and Steven Fehr mingled during last night’s NHLPA alumni association dinner, but if body language was any suggestion, things could look bleak. The Jewish holiday Yom Kippur on Wednesday could also be an impediment toward negotiations this week.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts reported Red Wings Dan Cleary and Niklas Kronwall warn the players are prepared for this lockout to wipe out the entire season, which Shoalts suggested was an orchestrated response to speculation the league would cancel the Winter Classic if no new CBA is in place by November.
TSN.CA: The list of locked-out NHL players headed to Europe continues to grow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give the Jewish holiday on Wednesday, I don’t expect any serious CBA talks to be held this week. Maybe next.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Edmonton Oilers ownership issued a statement yesterday declaring they had visited the city of Seattle to “evaluate the market”, a move clearly aimed at trying to gain leverage over the Edmonton City Council in its current dispute over funding a new downtown arena by threatening relocation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, Oilers owner Darryl Katz would have us believe he’d move the club out of Edmonton (where the Oilers are king and a new arena deal is in the works which would be very lucrative for him), to a city where his club wouldn’t be the anchor tenant in its new arena (meaning he’d get considerably less arena revenue than if he stayed in Edmonton at Rexall Place), and where his club would be behind the Seahawks, college football, and whatever NBA team the Oilers share that new arena with in popularity? Pull the other one, Daryl, relocation to Seattle is an empty threat. The only thing he’s accomplishing is making himself look like a manipulative jerk in the eyes of Oilers fans.
KHL.RU: Pavel Datsyuk made his KHL debut for CSKA Moscow in a 1-0 victory over Avangard Omsk. Datsyuk used his head to knock in the puck soccer-style but the goal was disallowed. Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, chalked up three assists powering Mellalurg Magnitigorsk to a 7-2 win over Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin was the beneficiary of one of Malkin’s assists.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski recently highlighted a slick set-up by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec for HC Kladno in the Czech Extraliga on Friday.
THEAHL.COM: The Charlotte Checkers have announced the signing of NHL UFA goalie Dan Ellis to a tryout contract.
YOUTUBE: “Things You Won’t Hear During The NHL Lockout”.