No formal talks between NHL and NHLPA as the players continue to vote on disclaimer of interest.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited RDS’ Renaud Lavoie who claimed there’d been no communication between the NHL and NHLPA for the third straight day, which isn’t surprising given the NHL is taking legal action in hopes of preventing the NHLPA from filing a disclaimer of interest.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps there was some “back-channel” talk, as I daresay there are people on both sides who want negotiations to continue. Still, I suspect we won’t see official talks again until perhaps after the NHLPA’s vote on disclaimer…if at all.

PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli expects the measure to declare disclaimer of interest to pass rather easily among the NHL membership, as it would be seen as a show of solidarity among the players. Seravalli also suggests it’s not a certainty the PA executive would use that measure, as its threat could be used as leverage in CBA negotiations, though the league with its recent legal moves don’t appear concerned.

Zdeno Chara (L) has spent NHL lockout in the KHL.

Zdeno Chara (L) has spent NHL lockout in the KHL.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara offers up his opinion of the CBA negotiations, plus provides insight into playing in the KHL.

USA TODAY: Meet U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, who has been assigned to hear the NHL’s class action lawsuit to declare the legality of its lockout.


LOS ANGELES TIMES: A updated profile of NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

TORONTO STAR: There aren’t enough Canadian markets to relocate struggling southern-based NHL franchises.

OTTAWA SUN: Looking for a Christmas gift for hockey fans? Check out Liam Maguire’s new hockey trivia book, “Next Goal Wins!“.