Morning Links: Day 37 of lockout

  • Alex Ovechkin was again critical of the league for its negotiation tactics, saying “The NHL gave fans and media hope. But in reality it is a deception. The league is trying to show that it is working to try and save the season, but they are not offering anything new. It’s all the same. (TSN)

  • Sidney Crosby said he was going to start looking closer at what options are available for him to play in Europe after Thursday’s negotiations turned sour. (The Canadian Press)

  • Martin St. Louis worries that he won’t be able to end his career on a high note because of the lockout. (Tampa Bay Times)

  • Canucks GM Mike Gillis called the rumors that Roberto Luongo was being traded to the Maple Leafs are “not true.” (TSN)

  • Oilers center Eric Belanger lived through the 2004 lockout, but he is much more optimistic about these labor negotiations. “I think it’s better than it was in 2004,” Belanger said. “We don’t see the sides being too far apart. I think the system is in place, now it’s just a matter of sitting down and making sure everybody is happy with the deal.” (Edmonton Sun)

  • Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart will go from playing in Germany’s second division to the top league in the Czech Republic. (USA Today)

  • Steve McCarthy, who is currently on a professional tryout playing for the Abbotsford Heat, discussed what went wrong during his time in Vancouver. “That wasn’t anybody but myself,” McCarthy said. “I struggled and got down and you worry about things you can’t control. It seemed to snowball and a lot of it was immaturity and not knowing how to handle certain situations. (Vancouver Province)

  • Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs highlighted a scenario this week where the city allows the Coyotes to leave the desert. (Arizona Republic)