A day after the NHL officially cancelled the Winter Classic, the league and the NHLPA were heading back to the bargaining table Saturday, but meeting in private.
The Canadian Press reported that deputy commissioner Bill Daly was scheduled to meet with Steve Fehr, the NHLPA’s special counsel, at an undisclosed location, according to a source.
It would be the first time the sides have sat down together since Oct. 18. Read more by clicking here.
Peggy Curran wrote the Extra feature in Saturday’s Gazette looking at a sports landscape in flux in which locked-out Canadiens players can still count on a monthly stipend of as much as $15,000 in licensing money to help cover payments on their houses, condos and flashy cars. Compare that with a rookie on the Alouettes’ CFL practice roster, who earns $500 to $800 a week. You can read the feature by clicking here. Curran also has a sidebar on how owners of pro sports teams play on “economic impact fantasy”. You can read that story by clicking here.
Ironically on Friday, the same day the NHL cancelled the Winter Classic, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled Sunday’s New York marathon as the city continues its recovery from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Former NHLer Nick Kypreos, who won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994, was one of more than 45,000 runners planning to take part in the marathon. You can read Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan’s column on Kypreos by clicking here.
(Photo by Chris Young/The Canadian Press)