In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: the league withdraws its latest CBA offer, the two sides may be closer to a deal than they think, a look at how much some of the league’s top players would lose under the NHL’s proposal, linesmen are suffering during this lockout, and more reaction on the Islanders move.


No end in sight for NHL lockout.

TSN.CA: The NHL has withdrawn its latest CBA proposal after its deadline for the NHLPA to reach an agreement with the league to save the full 82-game season passed yesterday. The league will now re-evaluate and construct a new proposal based upon a shortened season. No further CBA talks are scheduled, and the league is expected to cancel another block of games on Friday.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: TSN reported the league could make a decision on cancelling the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game (the latter slated for Columbus) by Monday. League deputy commissioner Bill Daly, however, told the Dispatch cancellation of the ASG is “not imminent”.

 ESPN.COM/CSNBAYAREA.COM: Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau weighed in with their takes on the lockout. Former Buffalo Sabres co-owner Larry Quinn also offered up his opinion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You know what I’m hearing from both sides directly involved in this? Blahblahblahblahblah. It’s white noise, endless rhetoric which resolves nothing. I have to post these links because they are notable headlines pertaining to the lockout, and I do this for a living. The fan in me, however, is bored silly and growing apathetic about this. All I want to hear from these guys is they’ve reached an agreement and the season will start soon, even if it’s a shortened one. I’m beyond caring about the whining and crying from both sides.

MACLEANS.CA: Jonathan Gatehouse on “The NHL’s Bitter Game of Delay”, suggesting while the league and its players are bogged down in yet another lockout, the league is wasting its potential.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A terrific piece by Gatehouse, who is also the author of “The Instigator”, a biography of Gary Bettman, which I consider the best hockey book of the year. The cycle of CBA followed by lockout is testing the good will of the league’s followers, and it risks eventually losing those fans if this cycle continues.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle indicates (with the clever use of graphs!) how the NHL is closer to a CBA deal than they think, but the inability of the two sides to work toward that deal is indicative of the sad state of labor relations between the league and the players association.

CBCSPORTS: Tim Wharnsby crunches the numbers to show how much money some of the league’s top players would lose via the NHL’s latest CBA proposal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those players shouldn’t expect any sympathy from the fans. They’re still earning millions.

CALGARY HERALD: Linesmen like Mike Cvik, along with other on-ice NHL officials, aren’t getting paid during this NHL lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re among the real losers from the league’s side in this lockout.

SI.COM: Stu Hackel on how much more the Islanders move to Brooklyn will cost the team’s fans.

NEW YORK TIMES: Jeff Z. Klein on the complex issues raised by the Islanders move.

NEWSDAY: Islanders owner Charles Wang is predicting his club will make the playoffs if there’s an NHL season.