Among today’s compilation of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Reaction to today’s CBA offer by the NHL,  the league hires a GOP pollster to help it craft its PR spin on the lockout, the NHL draft appears to be shifting away from Eastern European players, plus some much-needed hockey humor to get you through another day of this stupid NHL lockout. Enjoy!

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski with analysis of the NHL’s latest offer today to the NHLPA of a 50-50 split in league revenues, with no salary rollbacks, with the deal contingent upon the season opening on November 2.

DEADSPIN: Barry Petchesky broke the story yesterday of how the NHL has employed GOP pollster Frank Luntz to assist the league in crafting its PR spin of the current lockout. A very interesting read.

PUCK DADDY/DEFENDING BIG D: Greg Wyshynski and Brandon Worley offer up their take on the story.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see anything wrong with the league hiring a pollster – regardless of political affiliation – to conduct focus groups to determine what spin would work best in “selling” this lockout to NHL fans. A few folks have suggested this indicates the NHL brain trust is worried about the effect of the lockout upon its fans. Well, it should bloody well should be! Regardless, if this lockout results in another lost season, there ain’t a spin doctor in the world which could help the NHL sell it to the fans.

Not as many Eastern Europeans are being drafted by NHL teams.

NHLNUMBERS.COM: Derek Zona examines how NHL teams over the past ten years have been withdrawing from Eastern Europe when it comes to draft picks.

HOCKEY GAL MILWAUKEE: Getting to know the rest of the European leagues where locked-out NHL players are plying their craft.


GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier finds some NHLs still open for business.

 LEGION OF BLOG: The lost questions from the NHL’s focus group.

DOWN GOES BROWN:  A brief history of Dominik Hasek.

THE ONION: Gary Bettman is surprised by the popularity of the NHL lockout.