Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Morning Links: Luongo, CBA and more
By Sarah Goldstein
- Roberto Luongo skated at the Florida Panthers' practice facility but made sure to leave before current Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore got on the ice with teammates, according to the Sun Sentinel. Luongo told the paper that a trade to Florida "makes sense for myself, for my career and my family. This is a preferred location for obvious reasons, but I'm not shutting the door on other possibilities."
- Senators defenseman Chris Phillips told the Ottawa Sun that the NHLPA will contact the NHL this week to try to end the stalemate between the two sides. “We’ve made it clear, and I know we’ll reach out again this week to say, ‘We’re here, we’re available if you want to talk’ because we know nothing is going to get it done if everyone is sitting on the sidelines,” Phillips told the paper.
- The Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, a member of the NHLPA's negotiating committee, told mlive.com that the owners want the players to sacrifice everything. “There's no two-way street in their proposal," Zetterberg told the website. “We're trying to find a way to partner up with them. We have problems in the league. We have to find a solution, players and the league together, and both help out."
- Alex Ovechkin told reporters the players are ready for a lockout, and if they weren't, they would have already signed a new deal, according the The Washington Times. Ovechkin added that he will probably play in Russia if there is a lockout but that isn't what he wants.
- Erik Karlsson is disappointed that the two professional leagues in Sweden will not allow NHL players to play unless they sign a contract for the entire season, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
- The KHL is preparing to welcome the windfall of NHL players who are looking for a place to play during the lockout to take advantage of the many marketing opportunities the high-profile players' presence provides, according to The Canadian Press.
- Gabriel Landeskog was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche, making him the youngest captain in NHL history at 19 years, 286 days, according to the Denver Post.
- Rick Rypien's mother was touched by the support shown for her late son at a charity golf tournament in Rypien's honor, according to The (Vancouver) Province.