Good morning hockey fans! It's a great day for... oh who am I kidding. We all know that things are still looking bleak for getting NHL hockey back anytime soon, and we've got some news that quite frankly isn't going to put a smile on your face. It's not all doom and gloom however, as the WHL kicked off it's regular season last night. So without further delay, grab a bowl of oatmeal and join me for some Saturday morning hockey headlines:
They won't cancel the Winter Classic, right? Wrong. As the article by Jesse Spector states, if this rumour is true, cancelling the game at Michigan Stadium between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs would indeed be cruelly brilliant. I also agree it sends a pretty clear indication that if he's ready to cancel the game in November, then the plan has been all along not to negotiate, but to simply starve the players out until they get what they want. As fans, we should be pretty angry about this.
More after the jump...
Wrist slappin' mania! Many were shocked yesterday when an interview with Red Wings senior VP Jim Devellano surfaced, in which he took shots at the Philadelphia Flyers for signing Shea Weber to an offer sheet and referring to players and team employees as 'cattle'. The league responded with relative lightning speed, announcing this morning they've fined Devellano an 'undisclosed amount' for what they called 'unauthorized' and 'inappropriate' comments. And before I could hit publish, we see this from TSN's Darren Drager.
Danton denied again While he may have paid his debt to society, it seems that's not enough for England to grant former St. Louis Blues Mike Danton a visa to allow him to play for the Coventry Blaze of the EIHL.
Boogaard's parents file suit The family of former New York Rangers/ Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard have filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA, for what they say was a failure to help them reclaim the money remaining on Derek's 4 year contract. A sad story gets a little sadder.
The WHL is underway! There may not be NHL hockey right now, but if you have the opportunity to see any WHL action, it just might tide you over. The Victoria Royals made a little team history last night with their first regulation win in Vancouver as they downed the Giants 6-4, led by two goals from Steven Hodges, and a fine 26 save performance from Royals' netminder Patrik Polivka. Cain Fransen had 2 goals for the Giants, who square off again tonight, this time at the SOFMC here in Victoria. Meanwhile the defending BC Division Champions needed overtime to secure a 6-5 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets. The Blazers got a big night from the line of Colin Smith, Tim Bozon and JC Lipon, who combined for 10 points. The Prince George Cougars get their season under way tonight as they head to Everett, WA to take on the Silvertips.