The NHL and NHLPA are scheduled to resume negotiations Wednesday at an undisclosed location
in New York. The meeting will mark the first formal session between the two sides since talks broke down last Thursday.
• Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik has made no secret of wanting to get back on the ice and has been one of the most outspoken players throughout the labor dispute. He spoke with Josh Rimer of Nextsportstar.com on Monday and was asked whether the NHLPA should vote on the latest offer.
“Maybe this week something’s going to happen. I’m not against that,” Hamrlik said. “This is NHLPA we’re talking about stay together. I think it’s good. We should maybe do it and we will see how many guys are going to be with or without. I think maybe it’s going to happen, I don’t know.”
Hamrlik went on to say he was against the idea of a secret vote by union members. You can check out the full 13-minute interview in the video below.
• The NHL has said it doesn’t want transition rules like amnesty buyouts or limits on escrow in the new collective bargaining agreement. Larry Brooks of the New York Post makes a case for amnesty buyouts.
• Might the NHLPA call upon Jim Quinn, who helped solve last year’s NBA lockout? That and 30 thoughts, including many lockout nuggets, from CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.
• The Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor examines the case for a class-action lawsuit by fans against the NHL.
• An unexpected lockout casualty? Karl Alzner’s Twitter account. The Capitals defenseman deactivated his account after some not-so-friendly back and forth with followers about the labor dispute.