Another day of no progress in NHL labor war


Another day of no progress in NHL labor war

The NHL and NHLPA met for a second day with federal mediators in New Jersey on Thursday, and once again no progress was made. Union officials Donald Fehr and Steve Fehr were in attendance for sessions with the mediator, and NHL attorney Bob Batterman without the presence of commissioner Gary Bettman or deputy commissioner Bill Daly represented the league on a day that left both sides exactly where they had started.
Steve Fehr met with the media briefly and said the NHL and NHLPA would be in touch on Friday to discuss the next step, but it appears neither side is budging after last weeks bizarre press conference showdown.
There has been contact between the parties today, principally at the mediators office, Steve Fehr said to reporters. Ive met with the mediator, Bob Batterman outside counsel for the league has been there. Weve met separately through the mediator at times, weve met together, Don was over there very briefly.
I think were done with contact for tonight.
Interestingly enough an report surfaced that one of the Board of Governors had presented a middle-ground offer that, in the words of that individual, would be approved by the NHL owners. It included a compromise of a nine-year CBA that everybody on both sides would be overwhelmingly in favor of, along with a seven-year cap on personal player contracts up from the five-year maximum that the NHL is currently seeking.
The presentation also included a simple buyout option that would be within the salary cap, allowing the league to transition into the lowered cap ceiling and altered financial landscape.
It all makes plenty of sense and has been the natural end-game for both sides once they actually get around to negotiating face-to-face. It could probably end the lockout within a few hours of frank, honest discussion between the key players from both parties, but those moments have been far and few between in these negotiations. So it looks like the NHL lockout will roll past the 90-day mark and extend into next week unless something miraculous happens in the coming days.

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?


Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while having watched the Curious George Halloween special about eight times over the last three or four days thanks to my three-year-old son.

*Bob McKenzie with a great story in former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore talking a shift as an Uber driver as his hockey work has dried up.

*Alex Radulov is earning some early respect for his play from his Habs teammates and the fickle Canadiens fans, but let’s see how the whole season plays out for the notoriously combustible Russian winger.

*Zach Werenski has taken an early lead among his NHL rookie peers for the Calder Trophy, but it looks like it’s going to be a crowded field this year. Just a couple of weeks in, Brandon Carlo certainly looks like he could be in the conversation as well.

*Pioneering female goaltender Shannon Szabados has been cut from the Peoria team in the Southern Pro League.

*The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of advice for the Chicago Cubs about playing in the big games as the Cubbies get ready for their World Series close-up.

*A more mature David Perron is having greater success the second time around with the St. Louis Blues while contributing in many different areas.

*For something completely different: a really fun story of a Hollywood Reporter contributor recording the reactions of her 7-year-old son watching Empire Strikes Back for the first time. I was around the same age when Empire came out, so I’m sure my reactions were pretty similar to his at different points in the movie.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.