The NHL’s dismissal of the three proposals the NHLPA countered with this afternoon obviously had the players feeling upset about things. Chief amongst them was Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
Crosby spoke with media after NHLPA chief executive Donald Fehr let his feelings be known about today’s developments and said the NHL doesn’t look like “a group willing to negotiate.”
Crosby elaborated saying, “When you make three proposals and get shut down in 10 minutes, it’s hard to think the other side really wants to negotiate.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the PR slings and arrows here, but it’s clear the players are far from happy the NHL didn’t take kindly to their proposals.
While it comes off as a lot of big talk from both sides, it’s not as if they’ve given each other the kiss-off and walked away. That said, it’s tough to feel positive as a fan or casual onlooker when the two sides are still lobbing verbal barbs at each other.
There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.
The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.
That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.
In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.
Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.