We got about six weeks until the current CBA expires. The players’ union and NHL have conducted plenty of talks already, but so far the NHLPA hasn’t made a counter offer to the league’s initial proposal.
“I think you can always wish it was further along,” said recently acquired Lightning forward B.J. Crombeen, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone wishes there was a deal in place now, but it’s something that takes time to understand.”
To that end, they have recently requested financial documentation from the NHL. The first batch, which was in the ballpark of 76,000 pages, has been delivered.
Crombeen was asked if he thought the owner’s initial proposal called for the players to surrender too much.
“Obviously, from a player’s perspective you would always say that,” Crombeen said. “But I’m sure the owners would always say the opposite.”
Crombeen emphasized that the players are focused on trying to understand where the owners are coming from rather than jump to conclusions.
The two sides are set to meet again on Tuesday.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.