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Week of September 10th-16th: Sunday Papers

Due to an editing issue, yesterday I had to post Monday's papers in this thread instead of starting a new weekly thread. The issue on HF has been resolved so I've imported the Monday, September 17th Papers into the new thread.


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Monday, September 10th Jets, CBA and General NHL news

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Jets invest in workouts while waiting for word of lockout. All most players can do at this point is continue training like the season is going to start on time.

R-Sport: Ex-Jet Stapleton says lockout inevitable. Unless we see some change in the negotiating behaviour between the NHL and NHLPA this week, former Jets spark plug Tim Stapleton is likely accurate in his assessment.


CBA news:

Globe and Mail: NHLPA hoping Quebec law keeps Habs players from being locked out. So much for ‘good faith’ negotiations. The NHLPA should be focused on getting a deal done, not on trying to prevent the NHL from locking out the players in advance of same.

USA Today: Key week ahead in labor talks. Time for some mediators to step in as it appears both sides are not prepared to take the necessary steps to get a deal done.

ESPN: James Dolan – I want to play hockey. The Rangers owner has good reason to want to see his players on the ice playing for the Blueshirts. The Rangers are one of the early Eastern Conference Stanley Cup favourites.

Montreal Gazette: NHL fans express anger, frustration ahead of lockout. At this point it is quite clear that aside from lip service, neither side is factoring in the fans.

Ottawa Citizen: Why professional athletes aren’t overpaid. Defining players as entertainers doesn’t mean that they aren’t overpaid. Most people probably believe that earning 75 million for one film is a gross overpayment.

NHL news:

Edmonton Sun: Oilers coach Ralph Krueger ready for big step. The Oilers have a ton of talent but they need the proper coach to mold it and direct them properly.

Montreal Gazette: Unsigned Subban is a victim of suddenly stingy NHL. Is the problem that the coach and the brash young star don’t get along? Or are owners suddenly tightening the purse strings?

For the Jets, CBA and General NHL news click here.

Illegal Curve Hockey Show replay:


Part 1: CBA Discussion. Interview with Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province. KHL / Lokomotiv Discussion. Interview with Bill Lindsay, analyst for the Florida Panthers. Which team Canada was the best?

Part 2: Which Team Canada was the best discussion continued. Interview with Kalen Qually of the Pass it Forward program. NHL News & Notes. Interview with Paul Edmonds, play-by-play voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Rapid Fire, Cheers & Jeers.

CFL Report:

Illegal Procedure: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Papers. If you are a fan of CFL football, check out our other site, which gives you all the latest Bombers news. Plenty of news following the disastrous Banjo Bowl contest. After being swept in the home and home series with arch-rival Saskatchewan, can the Bombers salvage the season?

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Tuesday, September 11th Jets, CBA and General NHL news

Jets news:

Jets official Site: Jets agree to terms with Spencer Machacek. Machcaek, who was a RFA is 23 years old, had 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 points in 13 games with the Jets last year. Has played 25 career NHL games.

Winnipeg Free Press: Fifteen years, then this? It seems unreal that after a 15 years drought, followed by one of the most amazing year's this city will ever see, that the league might go dark again. The only “positive” is that expectations are a short lock out.

Winnipeg Free Press: Kane signs with Jets fans. Cannot say I am overly surprised that Kane is not sharing his thoughts with the local media on his contract status. It doesn’t appear likely that anything is getting done this week.

Winnipeg Free Press: Jets use off-season to keep their edge. Preparation in today’s NHL is a lot different than when guys showed up and used training camp to get into shape. Generally most guys get a little time off in the summer before they have to re-dedicate themselves to getting into game shape.

Winnipeg Sun: NHLPA is unified as lockout nears- Ladd. It is like saying that fasting is no big deal before you begin to fast. Sure it is easy to start but go a few hours or 12 without water and you start to sing a different tune. What will players be like once payroll cheques start going away? Will they then be as unified?


Winnipeg Sun: Bogosian injury leaves huge void. It is an opportunity for one of the younger players to step up but the loss of Bogosian on the blueline cannot be understated.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets players mull playing alternatives. While you’d prefer to hear the players are throwing all their effort into getting a deal done, it is only prudent for them to search for alternative sources of revenue if the lockout occurs.

Prince Albert Daily Herald: Manson dedicates a lot of time to help those in need. If you ever wonder what became of the Jets 1.0 defenceman with the booming shot, here is an update.

CBA news:

Globe and Mail: NHL enters final days under current CBA. And based on the language/rhetoric we are hearing from both sides you can get ready for a lengthy battle.

TSN: Fear, loathing and ‘I can’t believe we’re doing this again’. Bob McKenzie with a must read column. Of course after reading it, are you for the players, the owners or neither?

NorthJersey.com: Duped fans should put NHL on ice for good. There is no indication that the NHL or NHLPA have a higher regard for fans this time around. Both sides are trying whatever they can to align themselves with fans as if they have a collective interest in the process.

USA Today: Players are resigned to a lockout. We know that Fehr isn’t afraid of a lockout. He saw it under his tenure in baseball and it appears likely that we will see it under his tenure of hockey.

NHL news:

Seattle Times: Favorable, innovative arena deal a boon for Seattle. The NHL would really just be an extra bonus in this story of Seattle doing whatever it takes to regain NBA basketball. However if NHL commissioner Bettman is looking for a little more Pacific coast representation if the league ever needs to relocate a franchise, I’m sure Hansen and company would be willing to listen.

Calgary Sun: Flames charity golf tournament will be missing … Flames. Still not sure why every member of the team needs to attend the meetings in New York. Would have been nice, considering this was for charity, if the guys had figured out a way to ensure some played in the charity golf tournament and others went to the PA meetings in NY.

Toronto Sun: Brian Burke rips ESPN over franchise rankings. The manner in which the rankings were done seemed, to quote Seinfeld’s Cosmo Kramer “arbitrary and capricious”. Good news for fans is that it allowed Brian Burke to finally direct the frustration he must be experiencing, at ESPN.

For the Jets, CBA and General NHL news click here.

CFL Report:

Illegal Procedure: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Papers. If you are a fan of CFL football, check out our sister site, which gives you all the latest Bombers news. Can the Bombers get over the loss to the Roughriders? They head to Calgary for a battle with the Stamps. Lots of links this morning.

Illegal Procedure: A Season on the Brink- Burke's Blunder. To punt or not to punt, that was the question.

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Wedneday, September 12th Jets, CBA and General NHL news

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Eager to do some damage New Jet’s been around. From the way he spoke yesterday at the IcePlex (You can listen to full interview here), it sounds like he really enjoyed playing with Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov back in the Leafs days. Perhaps we can see a renewal of that old chemistry.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets sign Machacek; no word on Kane. Good attitude from the kid who took the Jets by storm at the end of last season. Should be interesting to see what he is able to do this year.


Brandon Sun: Plante plans for St. John’s. (Registration required). Adding some depth for the Jets farm club.

CBA news:

ESPN: NHL to meet NHLPA. Is this supposed to be a halleluiah moment? While I am generally a glass half full type, it just appears to be too little too late for either side to get something done before the 15th.

Montreal Gazette: Hockey fans hoping to get message heard. The video produced by Janne Makkonen definitely has caught some attention but sadly the collective bargaining process cannot be impacted by sentiment.

CTV News: Gretzky, Orr muse about potential NHL lockout. Two of the greatest players to ever play the game offer their insight. Aside from seeing this as hockey players both offer an interesting perspective, Gretzky as a former owner and Orr as a player agent.

Globe and Mail: Duhatschek and Mirtle take your NHL lockout questions. Both writers will be live Wednesday at 2 p.m. to take your questions on the NHL labour negotiations and what lies ahead if the players are officially locked out by owners on Saturday.

ESPN: Don’t blame Gary Bettman for lockout. Burnside is right. You cannot treat Bettman like some sort of boogeyman, as if all the evils/ills that impact hockey and fans are his fault. Believe me, if he wasn’t performing to the satisfaction of the owners, he would no longer be leading the show.

Sportsnet: KHL to NHLers – Only ‘top-rated talent’ welcome. Makes sense from the KHLs point of view. Why allow your league to be overrun by guys who are just looking to play there temporarily. However the KHL will take the top level talent, even on a short term basis.

NHL news:

The Province: Shane Doan signs with…. nobody yet. Supposedly the deal is done in Phoenix but Doan still hasn’t signed, which indicates that perhaps the deal isn’t quite finished.

Globe and Mail: Seguin deal at odds with owners’ plea of poverty. It is why many players are rushing to sign deals as the prospect of changes to the CBA could put these lucrative deals in jeopardy. Hopefully with all that new loot, Seguin will be able to afford an alarm clock that can distinguish between Eastern and Central Standard time.

National Post: Justin Schultz ready for Oilers camp, despite potential NHL lockout. There will be a lot of pressure on Schultz to succeed considering all the hype associated with his signing.

For the Jets, CBA and General NHL news click here.

CFL Report:

Illegal Procedure: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Papers. If you are a fan of CFL football, check out our sister site, which gives you all the latest Bombers news. Amazingly, the talk of the playoffs hasn't died completely. Next stop Calgary for a battle with the Stamps. Lots of links this morning.

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Thursday, September 13th Jets, CBA and General NHL news

Note: Congrats to the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team for taking a stranglehold on their best of 5 series in the American Association championship final. The Goldeyes won last night in Winnipeg with a thrilling come from behind 7-3 victory. The team heads to Wichita to hopefully bring back the first baseball title in this city since they last did it in 1994.

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Burmistrov may play elsewhere in event of NHL lockout. You have to suspect that the Jets would prefer to see Burmistrov developing under their coaches in St. John's but ultimately it will be his decision.

Winnipeg Free Press: Prospects eager to impress. While a reduced season might impact the young guns, they will have an opportunity to prove themselves at the AHL level. More time playing in the development league could prove valuable for some prospects.

Winnipeg Free Press: Lockout could do Jets good. While it seems cruel to force a lockout on fans in Winnipeg after 15 years without NHL prior to last season, the impact of long-term cost certainty could have important ramifications for years to come. As Gary says a little short-term pain for long-term gain might be worthwhile.

CBC: Winnipeg braces for possible NHL lockout. The impact of a lockout go further than simple fan disappointment as the economic impact would be significant. While people talk about players having money in escrow (according to the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle this will be “6.5 to 8.5 per cent of their 2011-12 salary landing in their bank account in mid-October”), those (employees & charities) who rely on the game as their primary source of income have no such luxury.

Jets official site: 2012 Ice Crew auditions. (video) Well at least with all the serious CBA negotiations, you can take some time out and watch people have some fun as they audition to be part of the Jets Ice Crew team next season.


CBA news:

Globe and Mail: Give and take between NHL and NHLPA not nearly enough. Neither side is willing to budge and instead are digging in their heels as they prepare to wait this one out. Expect more posturing over the next couple of days as both sides appear more interested in winning in the court of public opinion.

CBC: NHL, NHLPA continue on lockout collision course. The good news is yours truly can enjoy my birthday until 11:59 pm on the 15th when the inevitable lockout is declared by the NHL. Fehr’s offer to start training camps and the season without a deal in place might have more credibility if he hadn’t been so instrumental in the 1994 MLB strike (at the time he was the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association). Major League Baseball’s CBA had expired December 13th, 1993 but they played the 94′ season until August when the players voted to strike. (I’m still bitter as I thought Canada would three-peat the World Series as the Expos looked like they would be contenders).

National Post: NHL, players still speaking different languages in labour talks. While the language might be different, ultimately the goal is the same thing; money. Specifically, how to divide a 3 billion dollar pie!

ESPN: CBA negotiations won’t end anytime soon. And that is the question we want to know. When will the lockout, which seems all but inevitable at this point, end? Without any 50/50 contests for the foreseeable future, send us your guess (you can post your guess in the comments or send us an @ tweet to @illegalcurve) with the date you think the lockout will end. The winner will win IC Gear as well as gift cards from our IC Sponsors.


CBS Sports: Paul Bissonnette to fans – ‘We are fighting for our futures, not yours’. Says the guy who scored 1 goal in 31 games in the NHL last season while making $737,500.00.

NHL news:

Edmonton Journal: Katz Group says ‘iconic’ arena cannot be built for $450 million. Cost overruns is never something a city council wants to hear as you walk up to them like Oliver Twist with your hat in hand asking for “some more”.

The Detroit News: Red Wings close to deal with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. While he is certainly no replacement for Nicklas Lidstrom, or even Brad Stuart, if he can remain healthy, he will be a nice addition to the Wings defensive corps.

For the Jets, CBA and General NHL news click here.

CFL Report:

Illegal Procedure: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Papers. If you are a fan of CFL football, check out our sister site, which gives you all the latest Bombers news. Amazingly, the talk of the playoffs hasn't died completely. Next stop Calgary for a battle with the Stamps. Lots of links this morning.

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Friday, September 14th Jets, CBA and General NHL news

Note: Tune into the Illegal Curve Hockey Show, which brings you 3 hours of hockey talk starting at noon tomorrow on TSN Radio 1290. Rich returns to the booth and joins Drew and Ezra to talk all things CBA as Saturday represents the biggest deadline in the history of the re-born Winnipeg Jets 2.0. Guests include: Ed Tait (Columnist, Winnipeg Free Press), Jack Edwards (Play by Play man on NESN, Boston Bruins).

Jets news:

The following Winnipeg Jets players attended the NHLPA meetings in NYC: Ron Hainsey, Andrew Ladd, Ondrej Pavelec, Jim Slater, Mark Stuart, and Chris Thorburn.

Winnipeg Free Press: Jets bemoan pending lockout. Ed Tait, a guest on the show tomorrow, spoke to some of the Jets today at the IcePlex to get some more comments but at this point, the lockout is all but inevitable.

Winnipeg Sun: Net loss of lockout huge for downtown biz. Losing 15,000+ people coming downtown a couple nights a week is going to have a pretty big impact, pretty quickly for a number of downtown businesses.

Winnipeg Free Press: Optimism fading among Jets players. With good reason. We are in the 11th hour and there is almost a 0% chance either side budges by tomorrow night. Many Jets players, who only recently arrived in Winnipeg, are going to have to make decisions as to what they want to do.

Winnipeg Free Press: Ladd believes fans can see through rhetoric. Cutting through the rhetoric goes both ways and fans know that the only “side” getting screwed are the fans. Do players really think a fan is going to feel bad if a salary is rolled back from 4.5 million to somewhere in the 3.4 million dollar range? I don’t think that either side is going to see much sympathy.

Winnipeg Free Press: All spin, no bargaining. Neither side is going to come away from this smelling rosy. Jets season ticket holders will be in for a reality check next week when they find out what is happening with the 1000s of dollars they spent this summer on tickets.

Winnipeg Free Press: Fans’ hopes for a quick solution dimming. Good news for fans in Winnipeg is the weather is nice this weekend and you can feel free to wish yours truly a happy birthday tomorrow (hint, hint) but aside from that, there is zero reason fans should be enthusiastic about the prospect of NHL hockey resuming in Winnipeg anytime soon.

Winnipeg Free Press: Burmistrov may play elsewhere in event of NHL lockout. The Jets ability to make that decision for the player is about to run out so the decision is ultimately Burmistrov’s. The good news is he is showing a willingness to discuss his best course of development with the team brass.


Northern Colorado 5: Eagles land huge signing. One of the biggest point producers in the ECHL over the past few season, a nice pickup by the Jets affiliate.

Illegal Curve: Why hasn’t Evander Kane signed yet? Ezzy asks the questions that everyone who follows the Jets has been wondering all summer long. With the lockout expected tomorrow, it does not appear that a deal will get done. Is this a condemnation of the city by the Kane camp? Is it posturing by an experienced agent who is simply trying to get the most for his client? If the answer isn’t given before 11:59 pm on the 15th, then folks in Winnipeg might be waiting quite some time for the answer.

CBA news:

ESPN: Crosby embraces leadership role in NHLPA. Crosby has seemed to avoid getting involved too heavily in the rhetoric. Perhaps it is his personality or out of respect for his relationship with Pens owner Mario Lemieux.

CBC: Who do you believe, Bettman or Fehr? It appears their is one clear winner in this vote, except I think CBC made an error in setting up this poll. They left out the most important selection; the option that says “neither”.

TSN: Owners unanimously agree to lockout without new CBA. For those who were hoping that this lockout might signal the end of Bettman’s reign, I suggest you look up the word unanimous, as those 29 owners seem to like the job he continues to do for them.

National Post: Gary Bettman explains the NHL‘s side of the labour dispute. Like it or not the owners have a position and it is the responsibility of commissioner Bettman to present their side in this dispute. It appears to many fans that the owners are being greedy and are asking the players to help save themselves from…themselves.

USA Today: Donald Fehr warns of damage if there’s a lockout. Similar to the above, Donald Fehr is expected to attempt to do the best he can for his union. But when players talk about money and current contracts, it really makes you wonder how removed they are from reality.

CBC: NHL players tweet about NY meetings. While the players tweets are expected, would be interesting to hear what NHL owners on twitter would have to say in response. Of course, I believe just the Capitals Ted Leonsis uses twitter but he hasn’t made any incendiary comments.

NHL news:

The Tennessean: Predators re-sign Jonathon Blum. The Preds were able to sign the last of their RFA’s with the signing of Blum.

TSN: Blue Jackets assign Murray, Jenner back to junior teams. While the league is sorting out the above mess the Jackets made the right decision to let their young prospects head back down to the Junior ranks to continue their development.

For the Jets, CBA and General NHL news click here.

CFL Report:

Illegal Procedure: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Papers. If you are a fan of CFL football, check out our sister site, which gives you all the latest Bombers news. Amazingly, the talk of the playoffs hasn't died completely. Next stop Calgary for a battle with the Stamps. Lots of links this morning.

Illegal Procuedure: Power Rankings for Week 11. Well the Bombers have a long way to go but at least they cannot fall any farther in the rankings.

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Saturday, September 15th Jets, CBA and General NHL news

Note: Congrats to the Winnipeg Goldeyes for winning the 2012 American Association championship. The first since 1994.

Note II: Happy Birthday to me (yup self wishing myself a bday) but that’s fine considering I was up early to get you guys the morning papers this beautiful Saturday the 15th. Birthday follow; @icdave

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: It’s come to this. Free Press hockey writers Tim Campbell and Ed Tait will try to get you up to speed today with answers to frequently asked questions about this labour dispute.

Winnipeg Free Press: Olli’s mad enough to spit rust. Gotta love the fact that Jokinin isn’t trying to speak out of both sides of his face. This quote “It’s about the money, it’s not about the game” in reference to the fact that both sides are simply wanting to making money, not improve the game. Again, I’m happy to see both sides make tons of cash, but don’t try and disguise it as anything else. When you do, it is too disingenuous and hockey fans can see right through it.


Winnipeg Sun: Jets fans unhappy as lockout looms. Both fans and businesses look forward to the September rush as the weather outside turns chilly and fans thoughts turn to their hockey team.

Winnipeg Sun: Many Jets plan to stay put, despite looming lockout. Perhaps this can be seen as a positive that guys will stick around for a bit before making a decision on what to do this season. With all the rhetoric being spewed by both sides however this ‘short term’ lockout seems unlikely.

Illegal Curve: Why hasn’t Evander Kane signed yet? Ezzy asks the questions that everyone who follows the Jets has been wondering all summer long. With the lockout expected tomorrow, it does not appear that a deal will get done. Is this a condemnation of the city by the Kane camp? Is it posturing by an experienced agent who is simply trying to get the most for his client? If the answer isn’t given before 11:59 pm on the 15th, then folks in Winnipeg might be waiting quite some time for the answer.

CBA news:

ESPN: NHLPA denied immediate injunction. Legal posturing. Hopefully both sides will now turn to actually negotiating with each other and not via the Courts.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Collective Bargaining Agreement Issues. If you want a refresher on what the main issues are here ya go.

Edmonton Journal: NHL spending defies logic. It is the very definition of chutzpah(audacity) as Drew said on last week’s IC Hockey Show. You are asking the players for cost controls and limited contracts and then you go out and sign players to big dollar, 5+ year contracts. Perhaps the players shouldn’t be trying to save the owners from themselves. Since the first NHL proposal of limited contract years, I believe 10+ players have been signed to deals longer than 5 years. Yes it is within the rules but it doesn’t exactly synch up when you ask for one thing and then do the exact opposition.

Toronto Sun: Odds in favour of long NHL lockout. Have to love that anything in life can be turned into a Las Vegas bet. Here are the odds for the various things that might be lost.

CBC: A layman’s view of the impending NHL lockout. Gord Stellick isn’t as positive as Ron MacLean (who said he thought the lockout would be avoided) but he gives some good information on the upcoming situation.

Sportsnet: HBO’s 24/7 could be CBA pressure point. Which is bad news for fans as it means they might be waiting until December to watch live NHL hockey again.

NHL news:

USA Today: Shane Doan re-signs with the Coyotes. I am quite surprised that Doan was willing to sign in Phoenix despite the uncertainty that remains with ownership.

FS Arizona: Loyal Doan returns — much to Coyotes’ relief. Doan should be commended for his loyalty to the only team he has ever played for. He left a lot of money on the table (reportedly 4 years 28 million) to stick with the Yotes.

National Post: Oilers owner trying to milk taxpayers for all they’re worth. Always better to have someone else pay for your arena.

For the Jets, CBA and General NHL news click here.

CFL Report:

Illegal Procedure: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Papers. If you are a fan of CFL football, check out our sister site, which gives you all the latest Bombers news. Talk of playoffs should now be over.

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Note: As September rolls around and all this month we wanted to bring to your attention the Pass it Forward program which provides help to youth in Winnipeg who wish to play hockey but require aid in getting the necessary equipment. The program is in it’s 4th year, they have a brand new website, an active twitter feed @PassItForwardca, and they are giving away a team-signed picture of last season’s opening faceoff. Be sure to check it out.


Jets news:

Illegal Curve: Message from the Jets to season ticket holders. Basically they are giving you two options.

R-Sport: Ponikarovky to join Donbass. Well that was quick. According to reports the Jets newest free agent signing has agreed to play for the Ukrainian KHL team. The team’s official site also has him listed as joining them but that is in Russian.

Winnipeg Free Press: Kane all locked up. The speculation is finally over. Winnipeggers can breathe a sigh of relief that they have inked their young sniper to a multi year deal at the 11th hour.


The Telegram: Jets assign 13, including Burmistrov, to IceCaps. But the question that everyone is wondering is what will Burmistrov do?

Winnipeg Sun: Jets will fly together. As has been said repeatedly, this deadline isn’t the big one. That would be in October when the NHL could start losing regular season games. But for the most part the players remain united.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets send Scheifele back to Barrie. The Jets choose to send him to Barrie under the tutelage of Dale Hawerchuk.

The Flint Journal: Lapeer native, fears start of NHL season will be delayed. Fan favourite Jim Slater talks about the upcoming lockout.

CBA news:

NHL.com: Message from the NHL. Well so much for the NHL not being disingenuous. In the message they say "....the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock......" but the pace to these negotiations have been anything but vigorous. The truth is the NHL has a number of anchors dragging it down, so does it need to change the economic model, or fix the teams that are killing their bottom line?

Globe and Mail: Malkin and Gonchar sign KHL contracts, will other players follow? Only a matter of time as the lockout stretches into weeks and possibly months, guys will look to the KHL and other leagues to supplement their income.

The Province: It’s time to turn off hype and hypocrisy. Does the NHL think that just because the NBA and NFL did it, they can too? Perhaps an overplay by the commissioner and company. Will be interested to see, if there is any backlash.

Washington Times: Stadium doors slam shut as CBA fails. Now how will the proposals change. Simply a matter of who blinks first.

ESPN: NHL, NHLPA throwing it all away. As the Doors once sung, “This is the end, the end my friend, the end.” Both sides are making a big mistake with this ploy. One that will only hurt them if the fans band together.

National Post: The NHL lockout has officially arrived. And to think I believed my birthday would overshadow the possible CBA news. Guess not.

Globe and Mail: With players officially locked out, where does NHL go from here? Anyone have a guess? Anyone?

NHL news:

Arizona Republic: Shane Doan shows rare faith in sticking with Phoenix Coyotes. He should be commended for sticking with the Yotes.

For the Jets, CBA and General NHL news click here.

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Illegal Procedure: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Papers. If you are a fan of CFL football, check out our sister site, which gives you all the latest Bombers news. Talk of playoffs should now be over.

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