Steve Fehr

Steve Fehr counters Bill Daly’s latest comments


Much of this weekend’s optimism evaporated on Monday as Bill Daly explained that all-important economic issues probably won’t be discussed this week. Now Steve Fehr is responding to those comments.

The NHLPA exec had some more critical words for the owners’ side, according to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times.

“For more than a month, the owners have not wanted to meet to discuss the core economic issues unless it is on their terms – that is, unless the players have yet another offer that includes significant concessions for them,” Fehr said. “By contrast, we place no conditions on our willingness to meet.”

Barring a late-night response, that likely concludes today’s round of lockout spin-doctoring.

The next set of meetings are expected to happen right around Wednesday or Thursday (the day that was supposed to represent the season opener).

We’ll have to wait and see if the two sides make some concessions this week or if they’ll simply dig in for another round of PR Ping-Pong.

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever

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Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…