Posts Tagged NHL All-Star Game

Hamrlik sounds off on Fehr … Cole, Gorges sound off on Hamrlik … Ryan to Sweden … ASG could be cancelled Friday

  • TSN: Capitals Roman Hamrlik isn’t happy with the way the lockout has gone.

    “I am disgusted,” Hamrlik told Daily Sport and translated by Roman Jedlicka of TV Nova. “We have to push Fehr to the wall to get the deal. Time is against us. We lost [one-quarter] of the season, it is $425 million. Who will give it back to us? Mr. Fehr?

    There should be voting between players,” Hamrlik told Daily Sport. “If half of the players say let’s play, then they should sign a new CBA. If there is no season, he should leave and we will find someone new. Time is our enemy.”

    Canadiens Erik Cole isn’t that happy with Hamrlik.

    “If that’s his opinion, then he should just stay over there (in the Czech Republic),” Cole told the Gazette.

    “For him to come out and say this, it’s the most selfish thing I’ve heard during the lockout. Without a doubt. It’s just disappointing. You’d think the veteran guys are the guys who’d take more pride in what other veteran guys sacrificed in the last lockout, how we all benefited from that as a group. Some guys never played again.”

  • Louis Jean via twitter: Canadiens Josh Gorges on Hamrlik’s comments:

    “I think it’s a joke that a guy that hasn’t made any efforts to be informed, hasn’t been on conf calls hasn’t been at any meeting makes a statement like that. It’s so far from reality. We’re 150% behind Don.”

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Spacek retires … Vandermeer eyes Canucks … Greiss to Germany … Schneider to consider Switzerland

  • The Fourth Period: Jaroslav Spacek retired from hockey yesterday after 13 NHL seasons. The 38 year old played in 880 career games with the Hurricanes, Canadiens, Panthers, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Oilers and Sabres. The Flyers showed some interest in him over the summer.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Pronvince: Defenseman Jim Vandermeer, a UFA, would be interested in joining the Canucks as a depth defenseman, replacing Aaron Rome. His agent and the Canucks did talk before the lockout started. If the Canucks traded Roberto Luongo, a defenseman come back in the deal, closing a spot for Vandermeer.

    “It would be very attractive and work out great,” Vandermeer said Monday after skating with NHL peers and the Thunderbirds at UBC. “We’ve talked a little bit to Vancouver when we could and it was the same as when we talked to other teams. We picked the ones who would have a need for a guy like me. Hopefully, when we start talking they [Canucks] feel the same way.”

    The Canucks do have 7 defenseman (pairings of Kevin Bieksa-Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler-Jason Garrison, Keith Ballard-Chris Tanev and Andrew Alberts as the 7th), but Edler and Garrison have been battling injuries. Adding depth doesn’t hurt.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea: According to the team website, Thomas Greiss (Sharks) has signed with the Hannover Scorpions in Germany.
  • Monte Stewart of the Globe and Mail: Cory Schneider will consider going to Europe if the lockout continues much longer. He will head home for the American Thanksgiving, and then explore options in Switzerland. His grandfather was born there, so he wouldn’t be considered an import player.

    “It’ll be another week, so we’ll see if the talks have gone anywhere, and if not we’ll have to open the door to that possibility again,” he said Monday after skating with some of his teammates at the University of British Columbia.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: In the next wave of cancelled games, the NHL will cancel the Jan. 27th All-Star Game in Columbus according to a source. It was estimated that it would bring in $12 million to the local economy.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Evander Kane was released from his contract with Dinamo Minsk on Friday after recording only one goal in 12 games.

    “I’ve spoken to Evander and he just found the hockey to be different,” Oster said Friday. “The style to be different, the training to be different. I think the coaching was a challenge at times. This arrangement didn’t have a set time limit. It was a month-to-month deal. For both sides it felt like it had run its course.”

  • John Shannon via twitter: The AHL is expected to announce today that they will be using the hybrid icing for the rest of the season.

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NHL and NHLPA meeting today … NHLPA offer likely coming … Will NHLPA reject or counter-offer?

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie would be shocked if the league’s “final” offer (likely a week from now) didn’t go to a NHLPA vote.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: The key is not the NHLPA offer, but how the NHL responds to it. Tom Gulitti via twitter: Guitti thinks that yesterday and today are key. The NHLPA doesn’t love the NHL’s proposal, but it’s how they respond to it.
  • John Shannon via twitter: “Part of NHLPA’s push back Thurs must include issues around NHL’s clarification of HRR and How they intend to make contracted players whole.”
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: If the season starts on November 2nd, it allows for the All-Star game to be played on January 27th. If a they end up having to contract the schedual, the All-Star game will likely be cancelled.
  • Darran Dreger via twitter: Some people believe the NHLPA should have made an offer last week. Now they have to go off of the NHL’s offer and face public scrutiny.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Not all owners were aware that the NHL gave the NHLPA a proposal before the info was leaked to the media.

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