Among today’s collection of notable NHL headlines: NHL & NHLPA to hold talks on Friday in New York, the latest reaction to the Edmonton Oilers arena dispute, NHL teams can invite junior players to training camp if lockout ends, Blues lay off some staff, and an update on Sidney Crosby.
TORONTO SUN: The NHL and NHLPA will meet in New York on Friday to discuss “non-core economic issues”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, no talk on the divisive issue of hockey-related revenue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize for most hockey fans the CBA issues and escrow are boring, but do yourselves a favor and read these articles. Knowledge is power.
MLIVE.COM: An economist conclude the city of Detroit would lose over $84 million if there are no Red Wings games this season.
TSN.CA: If a lockout ends in the near future, NHL teams will still be allowed to recall their junior prospects for training camp.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues laid off close to 20 staff, while the remaining 75 employees agreed to pay cuts or four-day work weeks.
SPORTING NEWS: Jesse Spector believes the NHL should emulate European teams and put advertising on players jerseys, suggesting this could be one way for the owners to get the increased HRR they seek, whilst still paying the players at the rate specified by their contracts in good faith.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those who were wondering, I’m not Jesse Spector, nor are we related. Anyway, Jesse makes an interesting case, and over time perhaps we’ll see ad logos on NHL jerseys. For now, however, it’s not something that’ll happen anytime soon, so we can forget about this being a means to bring about labor peace.
CBC.CA/SPORTSNET.CA: Elliotte Friedman and Mark Spector weigh in on Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz’s ham-handed efforts to garner leverage over the city of Edmonton in their dispute over a new arena deal. Neither believes the Oilers will leave Edmonton.
TORONTO SUN: Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky denied he was involved with Katz or the Oilers in their dispute with Edmonton city council over a new arena deal. Gretzky was sighted with Katz and several other members of the Oilers front office taking in a Seattle Seahawks game, leading to speculation he was working on Katz’s behalf in the latter’s recent trip to Seattle to check out that city’s facilities. Gretzky also doubts the Oilers would be relocated.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, I’m not Mark Spector, nor are we related. Anyway, the common reaction from NHL punditry is Katz is bluffing and the Oilers won’t be relocated. Good to see Gretzky set the record straight, as some Oilers fans were quite upset at the notion of “The Great One” working on Katz’s behalf. As it turns out, the fact he was at that Seahawks game at the same time the Katz group was there was merely a coincidence.
TORONTO SUN: IIHF president Rene Fasel remains optimistic NHL players will participate in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could be the last Winter Olympics involving NHL players, but yes, they will be there in Sochi.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Sidney Crosby is healthy and happy, and looking forward to returning to action.