Updates on the latest NHL-NHLPA labor negotiations, the latest on the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, and John Davidson’s legacy with the St. Louis Blues.
TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA resumed CBA negotiations yesterday, discussing non-core economic issues. They’ve reportedly made progress on drug testing and health issues. Talks are scheduled to resume today.
SPORTSNET.CA: Michael Grange warns not to give in to the temptation this weekend’s talks to expect a significant breakthrough in the CBA standoff, as the distribution of HRR remains the main sticking point, and thus far there’s no indication of movement on the issue from either side.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater doubts there will be an NHL season, suggesting the players are as resolved and united this time against a common foe (in this case, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman) as the NHL owners were in the previous lockout against then-NHLPA director Bob Goodenow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: United the players may be, and I don’t doubt they’re prepared to lose the season, but are they willing to lose two? I’ve said the players can’t win a war of attrition with the owners, and I still believe that. Sure, the owners might crack, but that would take a massive revolt on the ownership side for that to happen. Considering how Bettman and his cable of hawkish, big market owners rule the roost, I don’t see that happening.
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AZCENTRAL.COM: Glendale city council and prospective Phoenix Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison appear near an agreement on a deal to keep the club in Glendale.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, really, this time for sure, they promise, honest and for true…Again, we’ll believe it when the deal is officially announced. There’s been so many false starts with this story that nobody other than Coyotes fans care about this.
STLTODAY.COM: Looking back on John Davidson’s legacy with the St. Louis Blues. Davidson was bought out of the remainder of his contract as the club’s president.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whatever the reason behind Davidson’s departure, there’s no denying his influence in rebuilding the Blues over the past several years to the point where they’re now a legitimate playoff contender again. Little wonder, then, he’s been linked to other struggling NHL teams, like Calgary and Columbus.