Monthly Archives: October 2012

NHL makes new offer to players … 50-50 share of revenues and no salary rollbacks; season could start Nov. 2

The NHL has made a new offer to players and it looks like it’s a good one that could bring an end to the lockout.

The league has offered a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenues across the board, along with no salary rollbacks.

If accepted, the league would play an entire 82-game schedule this season and it would begin on Nov. 2.

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The NHL put a new offer on the bargaining table for the NHL Players’ Association on Tuesday morning, which includes a 50/50 split of hockey-related revenue across the board and contingent on an 82-game season beginning Nov. 2.

“We hope we’ve given our best shot,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

Bettman added that the offer calls for no salary rollback and the revised schedule – if implemented – would see every team play an extra game every five weeks.

Negotiations resumed Tuesday in Toronto in the NHL’s labour dispute with the NHL Players Association – the first in five days following two days of meetings in New York last week. Key negotiators Bettman, Bill Daly and Donald and Steve Fehr were in attendance as both sides looked to start bridging the gap on core economic issues.

Both sides have communicated regularly since the lockout began on Sept. 15, but with little to no progress so far as the meetings have focused on non-core economic discussions.

Neither side had formally tabled an offer since Sept. 12.

Ericsson heading to Sweden to play for hometown team for free; for at least three games

TROY – As many NHLers are bolting for a paycheck in Europe, one player is heading there to give back.

Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will play at least three home games for a third-division Swedish club, Vita Hasten.

It’s his hometown team where he grew up playing and they’re struggling to fill the arena.

Ericsson, 28, won’t get paid for playing and a third party has stepped in and is paying to insure his contract with the Wings. He has two years remaining on that contact that pays him $3.25 million a season.

“It’s kind of for a good cause, trying to help out,” Ericsson said. “You’re probably thinking how can they afford his insurance, but it’s one guy who’s stepping in and paying the whole insurance. I’m not getting paid. It’s just to get a good crowd going there.”

Ericsson lives in the town in the offseason.

“Hopefully it can generate some profit for the team,” Ericsson said. “Hopefully they can get on the right track again. It’s going to be fun to do this.”

Ericsson will leave Thursday or Friday and play next Wednesday.

“It’s an OK division,” said Ericsson, who compared the league to the East Coast Hockey League. “They’re a really good team, haven’t lost a game yet. I think they’re 8-0. They’re a second division team but just haven’t made it up there yet.”

The Swedish Elite League won’t accept locked out players who don’t commit for the rest of the season, which benefits the lower Swedish leagues and other European leagues.

As for now, Ericsson plans to just play the three games with the club and then return to Detroit.

“A lot of guys are moving now (going to Europe), if it’s only like four guys skating it’s tough to keep ourselves going in the practices,” Ericsson said. “There’s only so much you can do with that few guys. My plans right now are to come back after those games. I might have to wait a couple of weeks back home, see my family. I’m not in a rush.”

Six other Wings have signed to play in Europe – Henrik Zetterberg (EV Zug, Switzerland), Pavel Datsyuk (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Valtteri Filppula (Jokerit, Finland), Drew Miller (Breahead Clan, Scotland), Jakub Kindl (Pardubice, Czech Republic), Jan Mursak (HDD Olimpija Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Damien Brunner (EV Zug, Switzerland).

“I’m a little bit frustrated, not because of the guys that are leaving, more because nothing’s really happened with the negotiations,” Ericsson said. “They’re trying to solve other things, too, but they haven’t really brought up the big problems for discussion for a while. It doesn’t feel like it’s going to happen anytime soon.”

All of the Wings are expected to return to Detroit once the lockout is over.

The players were locked out at midnight on Sept. 16.

This is the third lockout during NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s watch.

The first, in 1994-95, ended after 103 days. The last time the league locked the players out it resulted in the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.

“Budd Lynch will forever be synonymous with the Detroit Red Wings,” Wings GM Ken Holland says

DETROIT — Earlier this morning, long-time Detroit Red Wings family member and public address announcer, Joseph James ‘Budd’ Lynch passed away at the age of 95.

Lynch was the public address announcer for the team from 1985 until 2012.

During his career accomplishments he was honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame along with being a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

“Budd Lynch will forever be synonymous with the Detroit Red Wings,” said Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland in a press release. “He experienced it all in his 63 years with the organization – from the glory days of Howe, Lindsay, Abel and Delvecchio all the way to the championship runs of Yzerman and Lidstrom. He had a vast knowledge of the game and the stories he could tell would have anyone who loves the sport mesmerized for hours. Budd was one-of-a-kind, not only in his talents as a broadcaster, but in the way he lived his life and the upbeat attitude he always carried. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Red Wings family.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released this statement, “Budd Lynch had seen so much Red Wings history, had become so much a part of their heritage, that no visit to Joe Louis Arena for a Red Wings home game felt truly ‘official’ without hearing his voice. The National Hockey League mourns the passing of a war hero, a Hall of Famer and an outstanding ambassador for the game. We send heartfelt condolences to his family, the Red Wings and their fans.”

Zetterberg heading to Switzerland; Miller going to Scotland

TROY — Three more Wings have decided to leave and play overseas.

Henrik Zetterberg has joined teammate Damien Brunner and signed with EV Zug in Switzerland.

Zetterberg has also been offered a deal from HC Lugano that reportedly included $53,000 a month in insurance that would help cover the cost of his contract in case of injury. He would have made $2,000 a month salary and an apartment.

Drew Miller has signed to play with Breahead Clan, out of Scotland.

On Sunday, Jonathan Ericsson signed with Vita Hasten in Sweden.

The other Wings that are playing in Europe are Pavel Datsyuk (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Valtteri Filppula (Jokerit, Finland), Jakub Kindl (Pardubice, Czech Republic) and Jan Mursak (HDD Olimpija Ljubljana, Slovenia).

All the players will return to Detroit once the lockout is over.

The cancellation of NHL regular season games have begun

The league has announced the cancellation of regular season games through Oct. 24.

That means six games lost for the Wings — two at home (Nashville, Oct. 12) and (Vancouver, Oct. 22) — and four on the road — (Buffalo, Oct. 16), (St. Louis, Oct. 18), (Chicago, Oct. 20) and (Columbus, Oct. 23).

Here is the press release from the NHL.


NEW YORK (October 4, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.

The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

Zetterberg heading to Switzerland to play for HC Lugano?

TROY — There is a report that Henrik Zetterberg has been offered a deal from HC Lugano.

“I’m going to stay for now,” Zetterberg said. “We haven’t really lost any games yet. We’ve lost a few exhibition games, but once you start to lose games, if you get an offer or get a deal on the table, maybe you think about it. But, for now, I’m going to stick around here.”

Lugano plays in Switzerland’s National League A and has won seven Swiss championships.

The deal, which was reported by the newspaper Blick, has the club paying $53,000 a month for insurance and giving Zetterberg a $2,000 monthly salary.

At this point, playing in Sweden seems out of the question for many of the Swedes on the team.

“It’s going to be tough to go to Sweden, for the insurance and all the taxes we have there,” Zetterberg said. “It’s going to be tough to go back to Sweden to play, but there are other leagues in Europe that you can go to.”