To the surprise of nobody and with the start of AHL training camp on tap for Friday, the NHL announced the cancellation of the remaining preseason schedule on Thursday afternoon.
The Bruins had three remaining games on tap including a pair of dates at the Garden on Oct. 3 (Washington Capitals) and 5 (Buffalo Sabres) as well as a road game against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 6, but all seven preseason games originally scheduled have been erased from existence.
The news isnt all doom and gloom, however.
The NHL and NHLPA are set to meet for three days of meetings, discussions and negotiations starting on Friday after 12 days of silence since the lockout became official on Sept. 16. Its expected that most of the negotiations will center around non-core economic issues given the divide that exists on the split of Hockey Related Revenue, but the meetings would seem to be a goodwill effort to save the start of the season.
While wiping out the NHL preseason is a serious result of the labor issues dogging the league, the real pain wont start until the league begins announcing the cancellation of regular season games beginning on Oct. 11.
Given that the players will need at least 2-3 weeks before theyre ready for regular season games to begin, the regular season will be in danger of getting shortened if a compromise isnt hammered out quickly between the NHL and NHLPA.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.
*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.
*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.
*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.
*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.
*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.
*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.
*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.
*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?
*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.
*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.
*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.