The eyes of Canada will turn toward NHL CBA talks following Olympics, the signings bonuses for new Wild stars Parise and Suter are due soon, another Flyers defenseman may be sidelined, and Huet won’t be returning to NHL after all.
OTTAWA SUN: Once the Olympics end, the eyes of Canadian sports fans will turn toward the NHL CBA negotiations, which one league insider believes isn’t a players issue anymore, but an owners issue, as they must find a better way to share their revenue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The combination of the end of the Olympics and the fast-approaching end date (September 15) for the current CBA will ramp up coverage of the negotiations in the coming weeks.
PIONEER PRESS: The signing bonuses for new Minnesota Wild stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are due Saturday, August 18th.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though a cash call had to be put out to the minority owners of the club, it’s expected the two players will get their money on time. And because those are signing bonuses, not actual salary, Parise and Suter get that money even if there’s another lockout.
KUKLA’S KORNER: Cited a report from Sweden claiming Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja underwent hip surgery and could be sidelined for four months.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the immortal words of Scooby-Doo: “Ruh-roh”. That would be another huge blow to a Flyers blueline which already lost Andrej Mezsaros to injury, isn’t expecting Chris Pronger to return from a concussion injury, and lost Matt Carle to free agency. GM Paul Holmgren suggested he’d be comfortable waiting for training camp to evaluate his blueline before making any moves to bolster his defense. This, however, could put more pressure upon him to make a move.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Former Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet won’t be returning to the NHL after all, signing a four-year contract with HC Laussane in Switzerland.