Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Morning roundup, Russia Bound Players, NHLPA Video and Therrien Interview

Good Morning Addicts!

Well it didn't take long for many NHL players to head overseas after the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

With Evgeni Malkin heading to the KHL to play for Metallurg and hoping to bring teammate Sidney Crosby along, it's evident that any lost time in the 2012-13 season will be advantageous for leagues in Europe.

The owners will have to hope that their star players remain healthy and will be willing to return to the NHL when and if the NHL and NHLPA reach an agreement. With the amount of money that can be offered for players services in Europe, it's a possibility that some players could elect to remain overseas.

Habs And Hockey News

- Less than a day after the NHL addressed the fans with a letter regarding the current lockout, a video was released by the NHLPA with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews among others talking about their love of the game and the importance of the fans.

- Here is Dave Stubbs' take on what the future has in store for the upcoming season that may not be.

- And for those interested in reading something non lockout related, Habs coach Michel Therrien spoke with Dave Stubbs last week about his second stint as the Habs head coach.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images North America)


Fehr will need all his rallying skills to maintain the solidarity in the long run. Europeans and Russians skip town the instant there is trouble. The fat cat overpaid stars like Crosby will take jobs playing for half the money they would make under the latest refused proposal from the NHL. These are the same 20% of players who probably made 60% of the $1.7 billion doled out by the league last year. Leaving the other 560 players who split the rest of the $700M (1.5M per approx) to stay at home and watch the bills stack up. Because no other league in the world will pay Colby Armstrong millions to play hockey on a large ice surface.
Bonne chance Donald!


You have to feel Bettman might have trouble maintaining solidarity amongst owners.

Big market cash cows such as Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia and New York can't be thrilled having their rinks go dark. Emerging teams like Florida and Los Angeles will want to keep their momentum from last season. And the Minnesota Wild are handing out a guaranteed $24 million in signing bonuses to Parise/Suter. Hard to pay for that when you don't play.

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