Michael Grange calls the NHL on its latest offer as still being crappy for the players, but its multi-layered crap with a hint toward something better in the future. Like most he feels much more confident that there will be hockey at some point this season.
The Lighthouse Hockey blog brings up Orwellian comparisons to some of the provisions made in the most recent NHL offer. Its definitely an interesting use of language that the players are particularly skeptical about.
The Leafs brass would be ready to move quickly ifwhen an NHL season is called to action.
Ben Kuzma likes the first step by the NHL owners, but knows there is a long way to go before its a done deal.
An intriguing interview with Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference about balancing fatherhood with playing in the NHL. Its not always an easy balancing act given the challenges inherent to being a professional athlete.
CBC rinkside reporter Elliotte Friedman talks about the NHL and the NHLPA entering the ZOPA in their labor negotiations.
Greg Wyshynski (aka the Puck Daddy) from Yahoo! Sports chats with Ken Fang on his weekly podcast covering the world of sports media.
Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz continues to quarrel with the city of Edmonton over a new arena thats badly needed in the hockey hotbed. It sounds like things arent going all that well.
Cory Schneider says the NHL offer was a good first step, but hes playing the waiting game right along with everybody else.
For something completely different: Proof that Quentin Tarantino played Elvis in an episode of Golden Girls. Ill by that for a dollar.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while honoring and remembering those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freed on this Memorial Day.
*Here’s a hockey column from Mark Madden, which kind of proves his dopiness when it comes to pucks. He writes about Pittsburgh’s excellent shutdown pair of Ian Cole and Justin Schultz, who have averaged a whopping 15 and 13 minutes of ice time respectively in these playoffs. Yeah, that’s not a shutdown pair. That’s called a bottom pairing.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri with another chapter in hockey’s version of the Never-ending Story: John Scott wants to make his own World Cup team with Phil Kessel.
*Mike Sullivan reminisces about coaching Joe Thornton, and playing for the San Jose Sharks, as his Penguins ready to take on San Jose in the Stanley Cup Final.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s me wondering what the heck the Bruins are doing on Sports Sunday last night on CSN.
*Apparently Alex Semin is going to stay in the KHL for this coming season. I don’t think anybody is too heartbroken around the NHL about this given the way things ended for him.
*Buffalo’s Mike Harrington says that Sidney Crosby returns to the Stanley Cup Final with a new kind of hunger.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger goes 1-on-1 with Joe Thornton, who says that the cat likes his Hillbilly Jim playoff beard.
*For something completely different: I haven’t yet read this Joe Posnanski piece on the play Hamilton and his daughter, but I’ll include it because everybody says that it’s great.
Joe Haggerty joins Sports Sunday to talk about the Boston Bruins and Don Sweeney re-signing Kevan Miller to a four-year deal and believes they need to make a clean break from some players.