Jamal Mayers spent Sunday training with teammates and participating in “Blackhawks Day” at Wrigley Field, yet stalling CBA negotiations were clearly on his mind while speaking with Chris Kuc.
In particular, Mayers expressed frustrations about owners seemingly dismissing the NHLPA’s first proposal.
“We presented what I would (describe) as an unbelievable offer to owners that would help fix a lot of the problems in the next three or four years,” Mayers said. “… We’ve recognized there are issues and we’ve come up with an opportunity for the owners to fix them and for whatever reason, they don’t think our ideas were good enough.”
With the current standstill in mind, more Blackhawks are acknowledging the possibility of a European sojourn.
“For a young guy like me who can go over there and keep my skills and keep up my game is a big thing,” Bolland, 26, said. “We never want to miss a season (or) games. I talked to my agent to see what the options are. We’ll see how this goes.”
Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat