The NHLPA has officially asked the Quebec Labor Relations Board to deem an NHL lockout illegal, the union announced Wednesday in a release.
“The players on the Montreal Canadiens simply want the labor laws of Quebec upheld, so that we can continue to play hockey while we work towards reaching a fair contract with the NHL,” said Habs d-man Josh Gorges.
The union says an emergency hearing has been set for Friday morning in Montreal, one day prior to the expiration of the CBA between the players and owners.
“In Quebec, an employer is not allowed to lock out employees unless they belong to a union that has been certified by the Quebec Labor board,” the union argues. “The NHLPA is not a certified union in Quebec.”
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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