The Maven's Haven

  • Monday, August 27, 2012

    Optimism In the Face of a Lockout, Roasting Lou, and More Progress In Nassau

    • With labor-management negotiations resuming today (Tuesday) at the NHL’s Sixth Avenue offices, fans are eagerly seeking any optimistic tidbits. Ditto for Henrik Lundqvist. The Vezina Trophy-winner sees a silver lining amid the cloudy reports on talks up until now. At a charity event, Taste of Tennis, last week, The King observed, “I’m approaching it that it’s going to be good to go when it’s time to go. I’m practicing the same way and, mentally, I’m preparing for a normal season.” Whether Lundqvist’s optimistic bent is valid will be better known after this week’s run of talks, which are scheduled to continue through Friday. In a sense, the four days of negotiations could be the most important in determining whether a deal can be hammered out before or on the Sept. 15 deadline date.

    • What effect does uncertainty in NHL-NHLPA bargaining have on a general manager’s planning? In an interview with the Buffalo News ’Mike Harrington, Sabres g.m. Darcy Regier offered some insightful observations. “We’re going to proceed that way, that camp is coming,” Regier said. “But in the background, we’re all aware there’s a lot of uncertainty and no one knows where this will lead. I realize there’s one eye on these negotiations and there’s one eye on the CBA from both sides. But we’ll revisit it again and hopefully keep moving towards a settlement.”

    • Devils Hall of Famer—U.S. and the one in Toronto—Lou Lamoriello will receive yet another honor on Nov. 7. Appropriately, it will be at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, NJ. Berra, by the way, has been a lifetime Devils’ fan, and was buddies with original club owner Dr. John McMullen. I’m told that a “roast” will be part of the festivities. And, yes, Lou does have a terrific sense of humor.

    • Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was not kidding when he said that he would be the catalyst for redevelopment around the Nassau Coliseum. Originally, four developers delivered to him plans for a Nassau Hub, which hopefully would include a new arena. Since then—according toNewsday—one of the developers, Wilbur Breslin, has exited the competition. Meanwhile, Mangano’s office asserted that the three other developers have delivered their presentations, one of which reportedly includes a new Coliseum.

    • Legendary Herb Brooks may not be with us anymore, but his enormous influence on the ice game lingers on. The Grow Hockey Summit, which is hosted by the Brooks Foundation, takes place Oct. 15 in Las Vegas. The event is held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Let’s Play Hockey and Lacrosse International Expo. All major stakeholders are invited to participate in the discussions about encouraging kids to play hockey.

    • Moscow native Sergei Samsonov may be looking for an NHL return. The 33-year-old has reportedly been offered a tryout with the Sharks, but Sergei’s agent, Neil Abbott, has since shot down these rumors. No deal has been struck and both Abbott and Samsonov are talking to other teams, the rep claims.

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