Evgeni Malkin and Martin St. Louis make plans for possible lockout, the latest NHL CBA news, ten ways to survive an NHL lockout, and a former Flyers defenseman heads to the KHL.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Yesterday noted reports out of Russia claiming Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had “agreed to a contract to play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League if the NHL season is delayed by a lockout.” His agent, however, said Malkin spoke with teams in Moscow and Magnitogorsk about a “week-to-week” agreement, but nothing had been finalized.
TAMPABAY.COM: Lightning forward Martin St. Louis said he’ll play in Europe if there’s another lockout. St. Louis played in Switzerland during the last lockout. Teammates Steven Stamkos also acknowledged he’s thinking about playing overseas.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The closer we get to the September 15th end date of the current CBA without any sign of agreement on a new deal, the more stories we’ll likely hear of NHL stars making plans to play in Europe this fall.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The NHL and the City of Glendale have agreed to another 30-day extension on their arena agreement (for the fourth time) to allow more time for prospective buyer Greg Jamison to purchase the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should be interesting to see what effect this could have on Shane Doan’s interest in re-signing with the Coyotes. I’ll have more on Doan in the trade rumors section.
TSN.CA: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly will meet with NHLPA director Donald Fehr and his brother Steve today in New York City in hopes of finding some way to get CBA talks moving forward.
CANADIAN BUSINESS: A look at how much money NHL players stand to lose in a lengthy lockout.
SI.COM: The rise of ticket prices and the failure of the current NHL CBA to deliver on its promises provides vindication for former NHLPA director Bob Goodenow.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren with ten ways to survive another NHL lockout.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Former Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis has signed with “HC Donbass Donetsk, a new KHL club based in Ukraine”.