The latest roundup of NHL CBA news, a deal for the Devils could be possible if there’s no lockout, and Alex Kovalev hopes to make an NHL comeback.

CBC.CA: For the first time in this summer’s NHL CBA negotiations, there’s a feeling of unease, the result of  the league’s apparent rejection of the NHLPA’s recent counter-proposal.

Tensions starting to rise in NHL CBA talks?

THE SCORE: NHL players are disappointed after the league dismissed the NHLPA proposal.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika suggests we look at the NHL CBA negotiations as a single contract negotiation, akin to that between the Dallas Stars and restricted free agent Jamie Benn.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sound advice from Heika. Both sides have established their benchmarks, and now hopefully they’ll begin negotiating from those.

TORONTO SUN: NHL players looking for other leagues to perform in if there’s a lockout this season might not find many available spots in Europe as they did during the previous lockout. Russia’s KHL might be willing to take on additional players, while the Swedish Elite League might not.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The NHL CBA talks and efforts to sell the Phoenix Coyotes has the club’s efforts to bolster their roster on hold, which includes efforts to re-sign UFA captain Shane Doan and inking goalie Mike Smith to a contract extension.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Due to uncertainty over a new CBA, the Red Wings cancelled their annual prospects tournament.

NJ.COM: Efforts by New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek to secure a two-year financing deal could become complicated by a potential lockout.

TSN.CA: Former NHL star Alex Kovalev is set to return to North America and claims he’s had several tryout offers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wonder if he got one from the Montreal Canadiens? He loved playing for the Habs, and has a large number of fans in Montreal.