Well after a few days off, the owners and the players held meetings over the weekend to continue trying to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner Gary Bettman’s right-hand man Bill Daley said that the biggest thing the two sides need to do is get the issues of the day on the agenda or something like that… sounds promising for us hockey crazed fans doesn’t it?....NOT!
To add to all of that, report on ESPN.com states that the two sides discussed health and legal matters over the weekend, and that hockey related revenues were not even part of the discussion. The two sides are supposed to meet again on Tuesday to continue talks after the NHL owners and Bill Daley basically said they needed some time to do their homework. When these two sides are not in the boardroom, what exactly are they doing twiddling their thumbs? They have had tons of time and while I for one am not one for preseason games I don’t like the idea that Wayne Gretzky himself is rooting for a new collective bargaining agreement in time for the Winter Classic in early January… sounds like were missing three months of hockey if he’s right.
In actual hockey news there’ve been a few notable player movements to report. New York Islanders center John Tavares is off to play in the Swiss elite league for Bern, Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner is saying he no longer wants to play in the American Hockey League, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is off to Finland. Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane and the Oilers’ Nail Yakupov round out the most notable signings, they’re off to the KHL.
While some players are still deciding where they would like to play, others have got their first two games in with their new teams, including New York Rangers forward Rick Nash. Nash has three goals in three games for HC Davos in the Swiss Elite League but is day-to-day after a suffering a deep bone bruise in his shoulder. Thankfully for Rangers fans, an MRI revealed no structural damage.
You may not be a fan of lesser leagues like the Swiss league and others, but thankfully you won’t have to settle for less talented players when the 2016 Winter Olympics in Russia come along. That’s because it looks like NHL players will play in that tournament after all. This means Canadians like myself will get to witness another gold medal victory while the rest of the world remains jealous of our hockey superiority.
Admittedly this article is kind of all over the place and maybe it’s not that funny, but at least you up-to-date and so am I.
If you would like to follow more of the sports stuff that I have been doing, you can follow me on twitter @jackchoros.