Among this morning’s collection of notable NHL lockout headlines: latest round of NHL-NHLPA CBA talks concludes with both sides no closer to a resolution, US Mayors call upon NHL to end lockout, and Sidney Crosby hoping this lockout won’t result in another lost season.
TSN.CA; The latest round of CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA concluded Thursday with the two sides no closer to a resolution and no new meetings planned for the time being.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: TSN’s Darren Dreger suggested the next block of cancelled NHL games could be announced as early as next week, and could be more significant as the league wants to give owners a chance to rent out their arenas in order to recoup some of their lost revenue. RDS.CA’s Renaud Lavoie, meanwhile, reported the league and the PA are close to an agreement on the issue of drug testing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Apart from the drug testing, it’s no surprise this latest round of talks resulted in no progress. Though no new talks are scheduled it still appears the two sides are keeping lines of communication open, so I’d expect another round of talks in the near future. As discouraging as this has been, at least they’re still talking. Still, until the two sides get serious about discussing division of hockey-related revenue, I don’t expect to see this ending before the end of October. Expect more regular season games to be cancelled soon, perhaps a solid month this time around. I also don’t expect to see any significant movement until November, as both sides are more worried about “appearing weak” in these talks than in making progress toward a new deal.
KUKLA’S KORNER: ” The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today joined mayors in cities across the United States that host National Hockey League (NHL) teams in calling on the NHL to continue negotiations with NHL players to reach a new collective bargaining agreement to end the lockout.”
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox suggests the league and the PA are risking the goodwill of NHL fans with this ongoing labor dispute.
TSN.CA/PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby offered up his views on the current state of the lockout, his health and possible plans if the lockout becomes prolonged. Though he doesn’t expect this to be another season killing lockout, Crosby said he wasn’t pleased with how talks have gone thus far, reiterating the PA line that the players want a fair deal.