Morning Links: Day 38 of lockout

  • General managers were given a 48-hour window last weekend to answer questions from their team’s players about the league’s CBA offer, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly. (Sports Business Daily)

    UPDATE: According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the NHLPA was not informed that the GMs were allowed to talk to players.

  • Sergei Kostitsyn, who is playing for Avangard Omsk, didn’t seem disappointed when discussing the lockout in a Russian interview. “Let’s put it this way – it would be better (for the players) if the lockout continues,” Kostitsyn said. “Players want a definite answer. If the NHL season is lost – let it be that way. I would then play in Russia for the whole season.” (The Globe and Mail)

  • Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was another player unhappy with the league’s reaction to the NHLPA’s three proposals last week. “It almost felt like they had an agenda going in there,” Kronwall said. “We had three proposals, each of which goes toward 50. All we’re asking them to do is honor the contract that’s been signed, and 50-50 from there on. But it seemed like they have no interest in doing that right now, whatsoever.” (Detroit Free Press)

  • The NHL will still collect about $180 million in rights fees from NBC Sports Group if there are no games this season, but NBC would receive a free year at the end of the 10-year agreement. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Nicklas Backstrom is causing a stir playing in the KHL because he is wearing No. 99 on the back of his sweater. (Sportsnet)

  • Jason Garrison said he is using the lockout “productively” to try to rid himself of the groin problems he has faced the past few years, but he is “absolutely” planning to be a training camp whenever it begins. (The Vancouver Sun)

  • Liam Stewart, the son of rock legend Rod Stewart, is one of many examples of how hockey in non-traditional markets is expanding the crop of NHL hopefuls. (The Globe and Mail)