Morning Skate: Thursday, Oct. 18

Morning Skate: Thursday, Oct. 18
October 18, 2012, 5:41 pm
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Brooks Orpik weighs in on the latest offer by the NHL, and where things stand as modest progress is finally being made.

Eklund was most definitely pro-NHL in the last work stoppage where he basically made his name as a disseminator of hockey information, and he puts up a poll on Hockeybuzz this week that says public favor has switched to the leagues side.

Good work by the Globe and Mail detailing that the NHL and NHLPA are at least 550 million apart in their negotiations, and still have plenty of work to do.

In a stunning undercard to the Gary BettmanDonald Fehr battle, the Edmonton City Council has voted to cease all negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers about a new arena for the Oil.

Speaking of the Oilers, the Oklahoma City Barons are hoping their attendance spikes with players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle starring for the AHL farm team.

Jonathan Toews has been very vocal throughout the CBA negotiating process, and called the leagues latest 5050 offer a ploy among other things.

For something completely different: A writer for Grantland.com has unearthed a long-lost documentary about the making of the Empire Strikes Back.