Miller, Team USA win in Russia; status quo on CBA
At the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, today, Rangers prospect J.T. Miller scored unassisted after stealing the puck during a four-on-four in the third period of Team USA’s 8-0 rout of Germany in the first game for the American squad. Eight players scored for the U.S. Friday’s game against Russia should be far tougher. It airs live at 9 a.m. on the NHL Network and is streamed on nhl.com.
Although NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr have spoken several times by phone, no new negotiations are scheduled yet. It certainly appears that the league doesn’t want to meet without an indication that the PA is willing to bend on individual contract rights, the term of the proposed CBA and transition issues. To have a 48-game season, which Commissioner Gary Bettman has said would be a legitimate one, training camps would have to open around Jan. 12. This could go down to the wire. Meanwhile, the two sides have lost more than $1.1 billion in salaries and revenues.
Someone asked the other day: What are full time NHL and beat writers in the U.S. doing besides covering/monitoring the off-and-on CBA saga? Mostly NBA and NFL. Some minor league hockey.
We've posted a photo gallery/update on the top 20 Rangers prospects on newsday.com. You might notice a gap or two, (Michael St. Croix and Thomas Spelling should be there but will be soon) which we're working on.
Fave musical gift received this season? The Roxy Music box set. But I love the scarves and the cool lid, also from my wife and daughter. And, if there’s no NHL season, one upside is that we can plan a getaway to the Caribbean in February….