An NHL lockout could cost Columbus the All-Star game, Artem Anisimov adjusts to life in Columbus, Predators hold town hall meeting with fans today, Jaromir Jagr’s potential impact upon the Dallas Stars, and more.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports one of the first casualties of a potential NHL lockout this season could be the All-Star Game, set for January 27. Portzline also recently reported forward Artem Anisimov, recently acquired from the NY Rangers in the Rick Nash trade, is quickly making himself at home in Columbus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing the All-Star Game would be insult to injury for Blue Jackets fans, coming on the heels of yet another mediocre season and their best player being dealt to New York. Portzline noted the 2015 All-Star-Game has not yet been awarded, so Columbus might not have to wait too long to get it again if the 2013 game is cancelled by a lockout.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jaromir Jagr’s love of hockey could prove infectious for his Stars teammates and for the fans.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators will be holding a “Skate of the Union” town hall today at Bridgestone Arena at 4pm local time.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks owners discussed some “hot topics”…except for the NHL CBA negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because the NHL team owners and their respective front office staff are under a strict “gag order” from the league.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts on the efforts of developer Graeme Roustan to construct a 20, 000-seat venue in the northeast Toronto suburb of Markham, Ontario. There’s concern over how the arena could turn a profit without an NHL anchor tenant. Roustan denied he had any kind of understanding with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about bringing a second NHL team to Toronto. Bettman has said the league has no plans to expand or relocate a franchise to Toronto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There may not be any plans, and of course Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment would fight any attempt tooth and nail, but the presence of a shiny new 20,000 seat arena would provide the NHL with a suitable option in the biggest hockey market in the league if the need arises to relocate another struggling southern team.