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Posts Tagged KHL
- Bob McCown via twitter: (tweeted this morning) Gretzky talked to a MLSE board member about the Maple Leafs presidents job. Gretzky not interested.
- Sportsnet: Nick Kypreos, Damien Cox and Bob McCown talked about Wayne Gretzky becoming the Maple Leafs president on the Fan 590′s Prime Time Sports.
“I’ve often thought Wayne Gretzky was coming back to Toronto,” Cox said on Prime Time Sports Wednesday. If you’re Bell and Rogers, who would be better than Wayne Gretzky as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
“Only chance we see Wayne back in NHL in that type of capacity,” Kypreos told Cox and McCown. “If not, ownership again and I don’t know if he would be interested (in that) with everything he’s gone through with Phoenix.”
- Fan 590 Audio: Gretzky talk on Prime Time Sports.
- Bob McCown via twitter: There is buzz that Wayne Gretzky could be the next president of the Maple Leafs.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: (last night) Gretzky said in a text that there have been no discussions.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: On talk of Gretzky being Leafs president: “TML presidency one of few jobs in hockey 99 would seriously consider but no direct contact between MLSE and Gretzky camp has been made. There likely was informal 3rd party inquiries – after Bell/Rogers took over Aug but none in last 2 months – and perhaps internal MLSE talks. Bottom line for me: Gretzky would be all ears if MLSE wants to go down that road but nothing tangible with MLSE seems to have taken place.”
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun thinks that Jamie Benn could be the first of P.K. Subban and Ryan O’Reilly to re-sign. Comparables: John Tavares (6 years, $33 million), Evander Kane (6 years, $31.5 million) and Phil Kessel (5 years, $27 million). Benn won’t do 6 years. He’s willing to do 5 years. LeBrun thinks that if the Stars would go a bit higher than Kessel’s contract, a deal would get done. O’Reilly is making good money in Russia, tax-free, so he has that leverage. There has been nothing between Subban and the Canadiens for a while. Subban wants a long term deal, the Canadiens want a 2 year deal. Habs GM Bergevin insists he won’t trade Subban, but LeBrun wonders that if this drags on that he might reconsider.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle responds “One rumour: Dallas,” to Bruce Garrioch saying that lots of people are wondering where former Leafs GM Brian Burke will resurface.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL president Alexander Medvedev announced they will have a “Cup of Hope” playoffs for non-playoff teams. David Pagnotta via twitter: Pagnotta spoke with several KHLers today, and they are not happy with the playoff tournament. Players were never consulted.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on burning the first year of 3 for Scott Laughton in a short season: ”No. I think about the Flyers. That’s all.”
Medvedev needs to say less … Connolly to remain in AHL … Sharks defensive pairings … Stars bringing in Modano and Recchi
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks that KHL president, Alexander Medvedev should tone down his criticism of the NHL. The NHL hasn’t committed to sending players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Some of Medvedev’s comments:
“Not all the people who govern NHL teams have a hockey heart,” Medvedev was quoted as saying in some Russian media reports.
Their hearts, he added, are made “from another material and has money signs stuck to it.”
“Several clubs look down on the international aspects of hockey development and think that it’s better to stew in your own stock. They could have released the players without any harm, but greed has strangled them and they didn’t allow it,” Medvedev was quoted as saying.
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning will leave Brett Connolly in the AHL to continue his development. He’s 2nd in team scoring with 35 points in 36 games.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Defensive pairings at [yesterday's] Sharks camp: Vlasic-Stuart, Murray-Braun, Boyle-Irwin.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: The Stars will announce on Thursday that Mike Modano and Mark Recchi will be apart of their management team.
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Last Friday, Evgeny Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk were preparing a press release that would announce their intention to stay in the KHL regardless. Brooks was told that the four had been promised an immense amount of money (with a guarantee from Putin) to remain in the KHL and not to return to the NHL. The NHLPA was able to talk the four out of issuing the statement. Ovechkin has already returned. Datsyuk has pledged to honor the 2 years of his contract with the Red Wings.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL president Alexander Medvedev to SportsDaily.ru: The new NHL CBA could be the basis for terminating existing contracts, and some players will stay. Medvedev: ”NHL’s opinion of itself is so high… OK, let them get drunk on their greatness. We’ll see how many Euros look our way … Our league will act according to our own and international rules. If players decide to stay, we will help them … (Not going to Sochi) will be a big financial loss for NHL.. If they decide differently, that’s their problem … There is no reason to fear (IIHF’s sanctions against players who decide to stay) … Number of players have either decided to stay or are looking into it.. Can’t divulge their names, will cause speculation … Some players asked their NHL teams to stay for the (KHL) All-Star Game, but were denied. The selfishness is understandable.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Bill Daly on Medvedev’s comments about KHL possibly challenging NHL contracts: ”We have no response. We will see what happens.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: No NHLers are on the KHL all-star rosters that were announced last night. Indication that Kovalchuk and others are on their way back to North America. UPDATE: Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL revised their All-Star rosters, Ilya Kovalchuk is the only NHLer on the roster.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: “Neil Sheehy adds this: Visnovsky’s wish is to stay in Bratislava. But if the KHL says he can’t stay, he will come and play for #Isles.”
Nothing Scheduled … Hishon cleared … Varlamov returns … Draft rankings and what could happen with the draft
- Darren Dreger via twitter: There is still lots of optimism that the season will be saved in early 2013. Dreger is hopeful, but less optimistic.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: As of the 24th, no meetings were scheduled between the NHL and NHLPA.
“We haven’t talked about meetings later this week,” Daly said in an e-mail. “I guess we will see.”
- Brad Shade via twitter: Joey Hishon has been cleared to practice after being out 19 months with a concussion.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Semyon Varlamov returned to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv lineup on Friday after missing a couple weeks with a knee injury.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie asked 10 scouts about 2013 draft eligibles. 7 have Nate MacKinnon at number 1, 3 had Seth Jones. Top 10 rankings: 1. MacKinnon (CAN); 2. Jones (USA); 3. Aleksander Barkov (FIN); 4. Elias Lindholm (SWE); 5. Jonathan Drouin (CAN); 6. Rasmus Ristolainen (FIN); 7. Valeri Nichushkin (RUS); 8. Alex Wennberg (SWE); 9. Jacob De La Rose (SWE); 10. Linus Arnesson (SWE).
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: So what happens to the NHL draft if the season is cancelled?
“Anybody who says they have a clue, they’re lying,” said Al Murray, Tampa Bay Lightning’s head of amateur scouting.
Before the 2005 draft, the NHL held a lottery to see who would get the chance to draft Sidney Crosby. It was held 5 weeks after the normal date, and 17 days after the CBA was agreed upon. If there is no CBA during the summer, there could be no draft.
“There can’t be a draft without a CBA. That’s one of the things collectively bargained,” said former NHL general manager Craig Button, now a draft guru for TSN.
“The NHL could still implement a draft regardless of having no CBA, but the NHLPA could say no and then everybody’s a free agent. That would be messy. What if they say there’s a bidding situation for the junior players? It’s far-fetched and I don’t think it would happen, but …”
If a CBA gets done after the season is cancelled, and they do look to hold a draft, they could go with a lottery like they did after the last lockout.
“If they go on the same format for the lottery, Columbus would have five balls, three of their own and they’ve also got L.A.’s pick (for Jeff Carter) and the Rangers (for Rick Nash). They would be the overwhelming favourite,” said Button.
The Flames, Wild, Stars, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Jets would each have three balls.
- The Fouth Period: Last Friday the City of Glendale signed a lease agreement with Greg Jamison’s group, Hockey Partners LLC. Jamison now has until Jan. 31st to purchase the team.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Darren Dreger on TSN: “I think that the players (will) blink first. It always comes down to dollars and cents.”
- Steve Zipay via twitter: If the NHL wipes out the rest of November, 191 games will be cut. That’s 326 of 1,230, 26% of the season.
- Kevin Gibson via twitter: A 72 game schedule will reduce the players salaries by 12%. A 62 game schedule will reduce player salaries by 24%.
- Larry Brooks via twitter: “If NHL wipes out Nov, will for punitive purposes only. No reason games can’t start Thanksgiving weekend if agreement is reached within 2 wks”
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: “NHL pulled its first offer off the table when the Sept. 15 deadline passed, as well. This was expected was it not? Next move? NOV sked … Then after NOV gets wiped out, cancel the Winter Classic next week. Then a new proposal from one side or other …”
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks Dan Boyle, “It’s supposed to be a negotiation, and I think right now both sides think it’s their way of the highway.”
- Helen Elliott via twitter: Elliott thinks there is a deal to be made, but there are no dealmakers to conclude it. “Bettman doesn’t deal, he dictates.”
- Jason Gregor via twitter: “Why would NHL players care if Winter Classic is cancelled. It is one game. NHL thinking that is a serious threat is idiotic.”
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: The Red Wings confirmed that if there is no Winter Classic, the downtown festival will not happen.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: NBA commissioner David Stern on if he’s advised Gary Bettman: “I have a close relationship with Gary. But I would say that the subject of such conversations as we have had is covered by the commissioner-to-commissioner privilege and it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment further.”
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: The KHL has cancelled the 2 games between Dynamo Moscow and SKA St. Pete that were to be played on January 20th and 21st in Brooklyn. Reason being, the KHL wants 1st and foremost that Russian fans can see the top games and the uncertainty caused by the NHL lockout. Slava Malamud via twitter: Malamud says the KHL’s decision was motivated by finances and internal power struggle within the KHL. A big loss of money for Medvedev. Insiders said that earlier this month there was an attempt to remove Medvedev as KHL president and replace him with Putin crony Rotenberg. The “powers that be” didn’t like the Brooklyn trip and often interfere with Medvedev’s business model. They are afraid it will hurt the national team in Sochi.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere are off to Berlin in the German League.
- Gary Lawless via twitter: Andrew Ladd is not going to Russia due to family reasons. Staying in Winnipeg.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Michael Grabner to play with Villacher SV in Austria, his hometown. 5 sponsors are covering the bill.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexander Semin and Anton Volchenkov are joining Torpedo. Pavel Lysenkov via twitter: Semin’s agent said he didn’t sign a contract with Torpedo and didn’t make a decision to join them.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Tommy Wingels is signing with KooKoo.
- CSN Bay Area: Joe Pavelski will be joining Dinamo Minsk early next week.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: TJ Galiardi will be joining SC Bietigheim-Bissingen of the German Bundesligue.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Mikael Backlund to join Vasteras.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Antti Niemi has talked to a few teams and could be the next Shark to head overseas.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Sean Bergenheim suffered a lower body injury with HIFK and is returning to North America after 2 games. Bergenheim is on a game by game contract, a small chance he returns.
NHL-NHLPA to talk HRR … NHL considering replacement players? NHL wants NHLPA proposal … KHL on ESPN3
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The NHL and NHLPA will meet today and will attempt to clarify the definition of Hockey Related Revenue. Several people who have been briefed on the subject, say that the league has looked to introduce clarifications favorable to the owners bottom line.
“Over the weekend, they just wanted to put more peanuts in their pockets,” the player told The Post.
Regular season games are expected to start being cancelled in 2 week blocks in the next day or two. Martin Biron on proposals,
“It’s not like they get a turn, now we get a turn, and so on. What we’d like as players and what I would like is to be able to have a discussion with them where the league explains its ideas within a broader spectrum, and how this CBA is going to solve the problems and help the NHL grow. We think what we’ve proposed as far as the cap and revenue sharing accomplishes those goals.”
- Josh Rimer of NSSRadioTV: (starting at around 9 minutes. Worth listening too.) Bill Waters talks about the CBA negotiations, and brings up that the NHL could consider replacement players. Some veterans on their last contract might look at crossing. If the lockout lasts the year, Bettman is likely gone.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer has been told by an NHL player that the NHL wants a proposal from the NHLPA this week, but at this time, none isn’t planned. The NHLPA doesn’t feel the NHL have offered anything back to the players, so they won’t give a proposal.
- Adam Proteau via twitter: Two sources have said if the lockout lasts the entire season, the NHLPA could pull the salary cap off the table. Another source said the 2 chief drivers of the NHLs all-or-nothing demands are Gary Bettman and Jeremy Jacobs.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Nail Yakupov is not allowed to play in the KHL while his transfer is being investigated.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Yakupov’s KHL team could face big fines if he continues to play with junior eligibility.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Sounding like Sarnia is obstructing Yakupov’s playing in the KHL.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: The IIHF said that Yakupov played 2 games without having an approved transfer card.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Russian Hockey fined, an appeal can be heard.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Hockey Canada never approved Yakupov’s International Transfer Card.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Russian Federation has 7 days to respond to Hockey Canada’s appeal process.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Tencer doesn’t believe the Oilers are involved. They knew Yakupov would be going to the KHL.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: “This move was done for the benefit of the CHL. Any move on the KHL part will now be done for the benefit of the KHL … players will suffer either way, IMHO.” Darren Dreger via twitter: “All by-product of the lockout.KHL required Hockey Canada’s approval before he played.KHL didn’t wait for approval. Who’s wrong?”
Wings get big fine … Leafs have assets to get Luongo deal done … Coyotes player update … Some overseas notes
- TSN: The Red Wings organization has been fined in the neighborhood of $250,000 for comments made by senior VP Jim Devellano in an interview with Island Sports News.
“It’s very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this,” said Devellano. “The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That’s the way its always been and that the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren’t going to let a union push them around. It’s not going to happen.”
“Yes, they are billionaires,” Devellano said. “Good on them, they deserve it, but they also make their employees millionaires. Not a bad tradeoff for a guy like (Milan) Lucic getting what, $6 million a year? I mean good on him too, but he should be grateful. Understand, though, that these players want for nothing … it’s first class this, first class that, meal allowances, travel money on the road, the whole shebang.”
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Roberto Luongo may have come to the realization that getting to traded back to Florida is “hanging on by a thread, if at all.” The Maple Leafs have already made a solid offer for Luongo, and when Canucks GM Mike Gillis was asked about the deal, he said “there were several assets the Buds have which can get it done.” Before the CBA expired, there were reports that a mystery team or 2 may have entered the Luongo sweepstakes. The Oilers were mentioned as one team that could be interested. Nikolai Khabibulin may retire if the season is wiped out. Devan Dubnyk has improved, but is not a sure thing as a #1.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson is expected to head to their AHL training camp this Friday. Keith Yandle is skating in Boston, and plans to stay there for the time being. Yandle on playing overseas, “I’m not sure,” he said. “I haven’t really even thought about that too much, to be honest. Right now I’m preparing as if the season will start.” What other Coyotes are thinking. David Moss will be staying Phoenix for the time being. Antoine Vermette will stay for a bit, but may join the traveling league in Quebec that some NHLers are trying to put together. David Schlemko isn’t sure about Europe and will wait until mid-late October to decide on anything. Raffi Torres is undecided. Derek Morris is unsure. Zbynek Michalek is considering Europe. Martin Hanzal has a couple options with Czech and other European teams. Mike Smith and his pregnant wife don’t have a problem with going to Europe. Boyd Gordon would consider playing in Europe. Paul Bissonnette will stay. Steve Sullivan doesn’t want to leave his family. Shane Doan isn’t sold on leaving.
- The Fourth Period: Steven Stamkos’ agent, Mark Guy, confirmed that Stamkos “has been contacted by many teams,” but is not close to making a decision. HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A League is one of the teams that is reportedly interested in Stamkos.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Dmitry Kulikov may be close to signing with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There have been no goalies to head overseas, and it may be hard for them to find work. Henrik Lundqvist should be joining Frolunda. Senators Craig Anderson will have to be patient.
“It’s not just a matter of finding a job … it’s a matter of finding a job and making sure that the player is protected now and in the future,” Anderson’s agent, Justin Duberman, said from his Chicago office Saturday.
“There is a lot of risk in going over. There’s a lot of great things about going over as well from a hockey standpoint, but you have to make sure you protect yourself from an insurance standpoint to make sure it’s a great opportunity.”
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Players may not be in a rush to make a deal as their escrow checks are coming, 8% of their base salary from last year. Average checks will be about $163,000.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: “There is no way, kids, that Crosby is coming to the KHL. Not with teams like Vityaz roaming around, specializing on injuring opposing stars.”… “The KHL can and will protect Russian NHLers against goons, but Crosby? If anything, Sid-hunting will be encouraged. No reason for him to go.” … “Guys like Shea Weber (big, scary D-man) and Patrick Kane (you know, vodka) would be welcome and do well in KHL. But finesse stars, stay away.”
Some CBA and European notes … Panthers layoff employees, some teams won’t … Top signing bonuses … Burke calls Gillis last week
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Gary Bettman will be meeting his staff this morning, organizational planning for the lockout. It doesn’t mean there will be cutbacks or layoffs if the lockout goes on for awhile.
- Mark Spector via twitter: “Players use agents, union to cooperate, organize, ensure no player underpaid. Salaries escalate. Now, players rip owners for spending. Solution: Give owners agents, who can collude to keep salaries down. Even playing field, problem solved. You’re welcome.”
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: A point made to Cotsonika: there are more players involved this time, but there are fewer involved continuously. This makes Don Fehr more powerful and the PA harder to break.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Hockey Canada told the NHLPA that they won’t be able help out with a Canada-Russia series during the lockout. Hockey Canada needed to make a quick decision to allow Canadians to decide on European playing options. The NHLPA will look at other options and may put on a similar event themselves.
- Liz Mullen via twitter: A source said that the the NHLPA sent a memo to players yesterday saying that it would pay premiums to continue insurance coverage.
- George Richards via twitter: Florida Panthers layoffs between 8 to 12 from sales, building operations and their mascot Stanley C. Panther.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: The Capitals, Jets, Bruins and Penguins won’t be playing off employees.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: 9 agents are threatening the SEL with legal action if NHL players are not allowed.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Outside of the KHL, the Swiss league can offer the most money. They have 8 licenses and can dress 4 imports a game.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Players can make in the low-to-mid range 6 figures playing in Europe.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Drayson Bowman wasn’t exposed to waivers because “there’s a higher risk with a player like that.”
- CapGeek via twitter: Top signing bonus spenders: 1. Sabres – $20.75 million 2. Wild – $20.1 million 3. Predators – $13.3375 million 4. Lightning – $10.59 million 5. Blackhawks – $10.2575 million 6. Rangers – $9.5525 million 7. Canucks – $9.38 million 8. Blue Jackets – $5.7475 9. Canadiens – $5.44 million 10. Maple Leafs – $3.0875 million.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: OHL introduces suspensions and team fines for players who fight more than 10 times. The WHL and QMJHL are not on board yet.
- Toronto Sun: Enrico Ciccone of TVA Sports said that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke contacted Canucks GM Mike Gillis about Roberto Luongo last weekend.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: “insurance is a huge factor for players looking to play overseas, and it’ll prevent a lot of guys from going.”
- Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL’s Ak Bars Kazan said they won’t sign NHLers. It was reported yesterday that Pavel Datsyuk was signing with them. Also reports of Ak Bars getting Alex Burmistrov, so there are some conflicting reports out there. Ken Wiebe via twitter: Burmistrov said he’s fine with being assigned to St. John’s of the AHL, “I have to go there and play hockey.”
- David Pagnotta via twitter: A KHL source said that CSKA has stepped up bid for Alex Ovechkin. Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Ovechkin’s agent said they’ll negotiate with Dynamo Moscow today. Has also had contact with CSKA.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Max Pacioretty said via a text regarding playing overseas, “Trying to, but there’s no Jobs.”
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Alexander Semin hasn’t signed with a KHL team, and has no immediate plans to sign with one according to his agent.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Rick Nash and Joe Thornton have agreed to deals with HC Davos of the Swiss League.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Pekka Rinne is finalizing a deal with Karpat of SM-Liiga in Finland.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Should know in the next 24 hours if an Anze Kopitar deal with Mora (Tier 2 Sweden) gets done. Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League in the mix if Mora deal falls through.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Raphael Diaz signed with EV Zug of the Swiss League.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Logan Courture has agreed to a deal with Geneve-Servette HC.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Ales Hemsky has a deal with Pardubice of the Czech League, his dad is the GM.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Joe Pavelski said he wasn’t sure if he’ll play overseas, but is considering it.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: TJ Oshie on possibility of playing overseas, “Not sure yet, but I’m definitely open to it though.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Wojtek Wolski on possibility of playing overseas, “Not sure yet, but trying to get something done as soon as possible.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Zdeno Chara is still unsure if he’ll play overseas during the lockout.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk will officially sign with SKA tomorrow.
Bogosian out 4-6 months … Ovi, Crosby, Toews and Kane looking overseas … Tarasenko arriving today … Changes to HRR
- Scott Brown via twitter: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian will undergo surgery today to repair a chronic ligament tear in his right wrist. Gary Lawless via twitter: Bogosian will be out 4 to 6 months.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: “Players looking to clarify possible ‘double dipping’ in the new NHL proposal.Benefits in new HRR definition,present combined additional” … “expense deductions AND possible tax credits available to owners,while still asking players to absorb ‘escrow’ on salaries.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHLs Dynamo’s GM said that Alex Ovechkin’s attorney flew to Russia to speak with them regarding Ovechkin playing for them if there is a lockout.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: If there is a long lockout, Sidney Crosby wants to play hockey and his agent Pat Brisson has had “many conversations with lots of European clubs.”
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are considering playing in Europe in the event of a long lockout according to agent Pat Brisson.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko will arrive in St. Louis today, in is expected to hit the ice at the Ice Zone on Tuesday.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins signed RFAs Eric Tangradi, Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant to 1 year, 2 way deals. Tangradi will get $726,000, and both Bortuzzo and Grant will get $525,000.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The KHL will air games in Asia this year, with an eye on expanding to China, South Korea and Japan according to izvestia_ru.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: In the NHLs most recent proposal, they made some changes to Hockey Related Revenue:
1) In the existing CBA, teams can deduct the cost of doing business from HRR. But there are limits. For example, deductions from preseason games or “special games” such as European openers, “shall not in the aggregate exceed fifteen (15) per cent per League Year on a League-wide basis” of the revenues. You can find all of the examples, if you wish, in Article 50 of the current document. The NHL is arguing that costs far exceed these caps.
2) One area of HRR the NHL cannot deduct ANY costs from is luxury suite sales (e.g., paying people to sell them). Everything must be thrown into the pot. Mistake, oversight, whatever - the league would like a re-do.
3) Lightning owner Jeff Vinik spent $35 million US last summer to upgrade The Tampa Bay Times Forum. Meanwhile, Rangers owner Jim Dolan committed an estimated $977 million to a massive renovation of the Madison Square Garden. (Say what you want about Dolan, but doing that without public funding is extremely impressive.) As it stands, teams receive no financial credit for that. The league would like that changed. The model is probably the latest NFL CBA, which allows the league the option of taking 1.5 per cent from the NFLPA’s 47 per cent share to build new stadiums. Larger revenues from newer buildings, the reasoning goes, benefits the players, too.
4) When players on one-way deals like Wade Redden or Jeff Finger are sent to the minors, their salaries no longer count. Not only is the NHL trying to eliminate this loophole from the salary-cap portion of the discussion, it is trying to make those contracts tied to HRR, too.