NHLPA CBA counter-proposal expected today, how the NHL’s latest proposal hurts the Flyers, Kane and Toews open to playing in Europe during a lockout, updates on the Islanders,Penguins and Blues, Paul Henderson too ill to travel to Russia for 40th anniversary of ’72 Summit Series, and it’s Jean Beliveau’s birthday.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The NHLPA’s counter-proposal to the NHL’s latest CBA offer is expected today. If the two sides can have a productive meeting today, it’s possible they could work through the Labor Day weekend.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let’s hope so, because if the two sides were to agree to keep working through the long weekend, that would be a positive sign of a possible CBA resolution.

PHILLY.COM: How the NHL’s latest proposal would hurt the Philadelphia Flyers roster.

Kane & Toews could spend lockout in Europe.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are open to the possibility of playing in Europe if there’s an NHL lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re not the only NHL stars considering that option.

NEWSDAY: Barclays Center executives are still very interested in the possibility of the NY Islanders relocating to their arena.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins yesterday re-signed their final three restricted free agents, inking left winger Eric Tangradi and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant to two-way contracts.

 STLTODAY.COM: Blues top prospect Vladimir Tarasenko is set to arrive in St. Louis today.

 NATIONAL POST: Paul Henderson, hero of the 1972 Summit Series, is too ill to travel to Russia to take part in ceremonies commemorating the 40th anniversary of the historic series. Henderson, 69, is battling leukemia. He is expected to attend the induction of Team Canada ’72 into Canada’s Walk of Fame on September 22.

CANADIENS.COM: Happy 81st birthday, Jean Beliveau.