Another collection of NHL CBA news, including a list of likely retirees in the event of a lockout, Michal Neuvirth attempts to walk his recent critical comments, former NHL coach Mike Keenan hopes to return to the coaching ranks, and Florida Panthers tickets go on sale today.
NATIONAL POST: NHLPA director Donald Fehr maintains the players aren’t afraid of a lockout, but he’s hoping to avoid that possibility when he meets again with Commissioner Gary Bettman next week. He also said the players will treat a strike as a last resort.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The players won’t strike. If there is a work stoppage, it’ll be the result of the owners locking out the players again.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary suggests there’s a 50-50 chance of another NHL lockout.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Max Talbot, however, suggested talk of the two sides being far apart could be simply a negotiating tactic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talbot could be right. I certainly hope it’s simply public posturing and both sides ultimately reach an agreement before September 15th.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Adam Proteau with a list of “likely lockout retirees”, which includes Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Daniel Alfredsson, Sergei Gonchar, Milan Hejduk and Saku Koivu.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth claimed there was a misunderstanding regarding a recent interview he gave to a Czech media outlet, in which he spoke critically of teammates Braden Holtby and Alexander Ovechkin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another case of “lost in translation”?
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Former NHL head coach Mike Keenan would love to return behind the bench again.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Keenan was one of the best coaches in the NHL, but his “Iron Mike” persona, which includes playing head games with players, has not served him well over time, and his star has faded. It’s unlikely he’ll get another NHL coaching job.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers will start selling single-game tickets today.