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Report: NHL wins first skirmish against union in Quebec labor fight


The Montreal Canadiens might be locked out along with the rest of the players when the current CBA expires on Saturday.

The NHLPA asked the Quebec Labor Relations Board to deem an NHL lockout illegal. However, the board decided against the NHLPA requested interim order to prevent the owners from locking out the Canadiens, reported Brenda Branswell of the Montreal Gazette.

The union’s argument is that Quebec employers can’t lock out employees unless they belong to a certified union. The NHLPA isn’t a certified union in Quebec.

The board feels that the NHLPA brought up some significant issues, but they will defer judgement for now. A full hearing will take place in the coming weeks, according RDS’ Renaud P Lavoie.

The union has also been trying to block the lockout in the province of Alberta. TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting that the Alberta Labour Relations Board hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 21.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?