It’s August. The Kings have nobody left to sign. The odds of the NHL season starting on time don’t seem very good. But most of the rest of the North American hockey world — by which I mean juniors, college and youth hockey — has already started their camps and practices, or (in the case…
This isn’t a sports story but it may as well be.
Longtime Los Angeles Times movie columnist Patrick Goldstein decided to take a buyout rather than work for the new leadership at the newspaper. “He felt there was no more future for him there. It was obvious since all the new people think about is driving web traffic. They’re trying to put everyone to work doing that,” my source says.
This is what Red Chief said to me the other day after his second day of Hobey Hopeful Camp:
RC: Mom, I’m never going to make it to the NHL.
Me: Why do you say that, honey?
RC: Because I can’t tie my own skates.
Me: Honey, if you make it to the NHL, I will come and tie your skates for you every day.
RC: Mom, that’s nice of you to offer but you’ll be dead by then.
Bob McKenzie reports that the Philadelphia Flyers signed physical winger Wayne Simmonds to a six-year contract extension worth “about” $4 million per season.
If it turns out to be true that the real battle in this CBA negotiation is not between the owners and the players, but between the big owners and the small owners, then there’s the additional question of who exactly Bettman is representing. The league in its current incarnation, the post-Gretzky expansion into new markets, is entirely Bettman’s vision.