So, the NFL settled its dispute with its referees at midnight last night after a few days of intense bargaining sessions.
In fact, mere days earlier one session lasted until 2 am.
Never mind ending this lockout — at least the NHL and NHLPA could stay up late.
Habs and Hockey News
- Forty-two players have reported to the Hamilton Bulldogs' training camp, including a few who saw significant NHL time last season, namely Michael Blunden, Aaron Palushaj, Louis Leblanc and Blake Geoffrion. Also worthy of note is the presence of Michel Ouellet, a winger with 190 games NHL experience with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks.
- Speaking of the Bulldogs, Brian La Rose points out some invitees to watch at training camp.
- Bob McKenzie looks at how the current lockout could be a silver-lining for Canada's World Junior squad. Speaking of Junior players, when the NHL lockout ends, teams will have a chance to bring up a pre-arranged number of CHL junior players. For Montreal, this includes the highly touted Alex Galchennyuk.
- ESPN's Scott Burnside looks at Brian Burke's appointment as Team USA manager for Sochi 2014.
- In player abroad news, Erik Karlsson has signed in Finland while Nail Yakupov is being prevented from suiting up in the KHL.