A review of the main points from NHLPA Donald Fehr’s comments on Friday, Don Cherry gives his opinion about a potential lockout, NHL to hold rules mini-summit, Dany Heatley sues his former agent, Ducks GM Bob Murray testifies in lawsuit case against him, and Matt Carle to wear Dave Andreychuk’s old number with Lightning.
TSN.CA: NHLPA director Donald Fehr said the players are prepared for the possibility of a lockout, calling the tone of the latest player meetings “interested”, “focused” and “sobered”. Fehr also intends to speak informally with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman prior to the next round of meeting, scheduled for August 22.
USA TODAY: Fehr remains hopeful of reaching common ground with the league than they currently have, expressing his hope the PA’s recent proposal will remain the basis for future discussion. He feels, however, the league is following the example of the NFL and NBA, which gained concessions from its players in recent labor negotiations.
CBS SPORTS: Fehr also suggested the way hockey-related revenue is currently defined, the players are already close to a 50-50 split with the league.
TORONTO SUN: Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry expects there will be a two-month NHL lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Grim and grimmer is the recent CBA news, as Fehr has begun to step up the rhetoric. Still, it is only August, and as both sides suggest, plenty of time to get a deal done. Indeed, as Fehr suggested, the two sides are much closer regarding hockey-related issues than they are regarding economics. If they can reach an agreement on the division of hockey-related revenue, the rest will likely fall into place fairly quickly. Like most of you, I’m hoping for the best, and preparing for the worst.
SI.COM: A mini-summit involving “general managers, coaches, players, on-ice officials and the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department” will meet next week for two days in Toronto to review some significant rule to determine if the standard has slipped in recent years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:It took a season-killing lockout and the NHL’s wish to woo back those fans unhappy over the work stoppage which led to the rule changes which sped up the game, so perhaps this is more of the same? Yes, I know, this meeting was pre-planned, but why do I get the sense they might be preparing more significant changes to improve the quality of plan as a means of yet again winning back those fans driven away by another labor dispute? Must be the cynic in me.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika explains why the Dallas Stars won’t be a candidate for relocation or contraction.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Minnesota Wild winger Dany Heatley is suing his former agent, Stacey McAlpine, and McAlpine’s parents for involving him in real estate ventures which promised big returns that never materialized. The suit also alleges McAlpine made unauthorized withdrawals from Heatley’s accounts worth around $4 million. Heatley is seeking $11 million.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray disputed the account of a woman suing him for physical assault, alleging she was struck by a chair hurled by Murray following his team’s loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 playoffs.
TAMPABAY.COM: New Lightning defenseman Matt Carle will be wearing number 25 this season, a number last worn by former captain Dave Andreychuk, who retired in 2006.