This is Day 11 of the NHL lockout, 2012 edition. Every day, we'll serve up some CBA talk and help you get your hockey fix. Let's begin, shall we?
• We all think about how much the players, owners and employees are losing when there is no hockey. Well, and us fans too, we are missing games to watch. But what about the cities themselves? Things are hardly looking up for them either. For example, an economist predicts that the city of Detroit would lose in the ballpark of $84 million if the Red Wings don't play a single game this season. Ouch. (MLive.com)
• When the NHL and NHLPA get back to the negotiating table on Friday they are going to take a break from talking economics and instead work on other issues. James Mirtle points out there are a lot to sort through, too.
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Just look at what the league has asked for. Pushing free agency to a later age? Five year entry level contracts? A contract term limit? And that's not even getting into participation in the Olympics, realignment, player safety, discipline and everything else. (Globe and Mail)
• With the NHL locked out, the AHL is the only game in town in a lot of parts of the States. So they should be looking at a big boost in attendance and attention, right? Not as much as you'd probably expect. (Providence Journal)
• Without a lockout, NHL players are the kings of ice rinks across the continent. Getting ice time is not even a thought. In a lockout, it's much, much different. They have to pay to rent the ice time like everybody else and that can lead to getting kicked off the ice by a figure-skating coach. From Michael Russo:
That's when Coach Marla "waltzed straight out to the middle of the ice and told us all to get off," (Justin) Falk, the locked-out Wild defenseman, said, laughing. "We have a tough enough time getting on the ice as it is, let alone having a figure skater kick us off." (Star-Tribune)
• There have been some different ways that teams and the league itself are trying to save money during this lockout. Some teams have fired employees and others have just cut back hours and salaries. Thankfully, Down Goes Brown has a few other ideas to cut costs that don't involve layoffs, such as this one:
Detroit Red Wings -- Oh, just the usual cost-saving measures, like cutting back on office supplies and reducing bonuses and immediately throwing a heavy burlap sack over Jim Devellano's head the next time the media asks to talk to him. (Down Goes Brown)
We're giving you a double hockey fix today, although the second video isn't your typical clip for this section of the blog.
First, let's go back to November when everybody was sporting their Movember staches and Sidney Crosby made his return after an awfully long absence. He looked like he had been out for maybe 10 days, not 10 months, scoring on his first shift and racking up four points in an electrifying return that ended any questions about if he was ready.
Second, we present to you Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball made into a hockey video. I'm assuming you like Springsteen considering I think I'm the only one in the world who doesn't care for his music. Enjoy.