The NHL owners and NHLPA continue to go back and forth with no end to the lockout in sight. Felger and Mazz break down the latest and explain where the lockout stands as we enter the weekend.
Most recently, it appeared the two sides were close on the major issues. The owners sent a proposal on three sets 'smaller' issues. These additional sets of issues included five-year max contracts (seven if you re-sign your own player), a 10-year CBA with an opt-out after eight years, and an even smaller category of minor compliance issues. The players countered with an offer of longer max-contracts and an eight-year CBA with an opt-out after six.
Felger explains what happened next: "When the owners didn't get the flat 'yes' they were looking for, on those three items, they walked away, left town, and now we're back to square one."
After numerous speed bumps, counter offers and accusations, Felger says he's still on the players side because they stayed at the negotiating table while the owners left town.
Dave Goucher says all of this shows that the owners are done negotiating. Goucher believes the owners were looking for a 'yes' or 'no' and that was all they were willing to offer. "The negotiating part is over."
According to The Vertical, the Celtics waived shooting guard R.J. Hunter on Monday.
Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Monday that James Young had won the final spot on Boston’s roster, making Hunter the odd man out. Wojnarowski noted that the team attempted to trade him for a second-round pick but were unsuccessful.
The Celtics chose Hunter 28th overall in the 2015 draft. He played in 36 games for Boston as a rookie, averaging 2.7 points and one rebound per game.
BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The B’s goaltending carousel continued on Monday with young netminder Malcolm Subban getting recalled by the NHL club on emergency recall after Zane McIntyre was sent back down to the P-Bruins on Sunday. Subban started on the ice with the rest of the team at Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena along with Anton Khudobin, but the Russian backup goalie departed the ice early from Monday’s practice presumably with some kind of issue.
Subban has been pulled from two of his four starts for Providence this season, and the former first round pick is 0-3-1 with 4.50 goals against average and .846 save percentage after coming back from last season’s fractured larynx injury.
Tuukka Rask was once again absent from the practice ice, and hasn’t skated with the team since last playing in Thursday night’s win over the New Jersey Devils while clearly dealing with a lower body injury. So the Bruins ended Monday’s practice with only Subban between the pipes, and a swiss-cheese-like blue shooting tarp covering the other net for the B’s shooters.
With that in mind, here are the line combos and D-pairings for Monday’s practice with the Minnesota Wild coming to town on Tuesday:
Khudobin (left early)