If you have mixed feelings about NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, this Globe and Mail piece will give you a much better idea of where the union leader is coming from as the NHL lockout rolls on.
FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika vents his frustration in his Yahoo! Sports column about both the NHL and NHLPA seemingly more concerned with winning the PR battle than grinding away toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That sound you hear is hammer slamming on the head of the nail.
Fantastic column from the New York Post's Larry Brooks about the NHL labor dispute with an exchange from last weeks negotiation session between Jeremy Jacobs and Donald Fehr that youre not going to want to miss.
Interesting look from Forbes.com at the reasons behind such a long, drawn out process in getting to a new CBA for both sides, and how a profound lack of trust plays into everything.
Spector digs into the NHL lockout with some random thoughts, and he is dead on with his take on NHL players heading off to Europe. Dont understand why people would think that doesnt indicate solidarity.
Ryan Lambert wonders if cancelling close to 30 regular season games could be one of the best things that could happen to the NHL among his What we Learned pieces.
Dave Molinari from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wonders about the irreversible damage that the non-traditional hockey markets like Florida and Dallas might be suffering in this newest NHL lockout.
Apparently theres a kid in junior hockey named Connor McDavid and he is the next Sidney Crosby. Sound the hyperbole alarms!
For something completely different: Good take from Bruce Arthur about the Toronto side of manager John Farrell leaving the Blue Jays for a Red Sox managerial job that hes always wanted.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while always holding a special place in my heart for Dickie Dunn as my favorite "Slap Shot" character. If Dickie Dunn wrote it, then it must be true.
*The ESPN hockey crew puts together some of their best scenes and favorite lines from "Slap Shot" as the movie hits 40 years old. I was first introduced to Slap Shot in my high school years and I liked it for the Hanson Brothers as much as for anything else, but that is a movie that just gets better and better every time I watch it. And I’ve watched it dozens and dozens of times. God bless Paul Newman for agreeing to lend his Hollywood star power to such a crazy, hilarious and raucous love letter to hockey.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Brian Wilde is recognizing the limitations of the Canadiens even under new coach Claude Julien.
*Bryan Bickell is stepping even closer to a return to the Carolina Hurricanes as he battles through his MS diagnosis.
*Kevin Shattenkirk apparently turned down a sign-and-trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and also turned down a chance to get dealt to the Edmonton Oilers last summer as well. I think the Blues D-man has a short list of teams he wants to sign with as a free agent, and neither one of those teams is on the list.
*Darren Dreger weighs in on Shattenkirk as well, and the price tag of a top prospect, first-round pick and NHL player for the puck-moving rental D-man seems very excessive.
*Things are coming to a head with Evander Kane and the Buffalo Sabres as he takes his play to a high level in Buff over the last few months.
*Interesting piece on Ed Snider’s daughter becoming an advocate for medicinal marijuana after his father’s health battles.
*For something completely different: Looks like a new season of "The Voice" coming our way.