The NHL and NHLPA are meeting again today in Toronto, seeking to narrow the “meaningful gulf” between the two sides as the Sept. 15 expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement approaches.
Hopefully, the two sides will emerge not with a “meaningful gulf,” but perhaps just a “slight chasm”? (We’d be thrilled with a “mere ravine,” but that’s probably be too optimistic.)
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly put it this way in an email to the Canadian Press: “We are hoping that our meetings this week can serve as a jumping off point for further discussion and negotiation over the critical economic and system issues that we need to resolve in order to reach an agreement.”
So far we’ve only seen each side make its proposal, with neither side appearing particularly impressed with what it heard from the other.
Could today be the day when the real negotiating starts?
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger