James Mirtle brings us a story from the likes of Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf. Lupul, who has already missed one season to a lockout, and another to injury, is getting tired of wasting his life not playing hockey:
"We had the opportunity now to see the numbers and see what each team makes and how much the league has grown in the past few years," Lupul said of the NHLPA’s pursuit of financial information during negotiations. "We’ve seen how much revenue the league is creating.
"At the end of the last year, if you would have told us there was going to be a lockout, with the business growing so steadily, I don’t think anyone would have [believed it]. But it seems like this has been their plan the whole time... it’s step one in their negotiations. It’s a little frustrating for us."
Hard to believe he didn't see this coming, but it's understandably frustrating all the same. Jump for more links.
How long does Brian Burke have?
Hopefully until someone better becomes available. From Cam Charron.
So you've decided to go with James Reimer
I like to think that nothing has been decided yet. This story from Cam Charron at TLN.
Will Gary Roberts Get Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri To The Next Level?
I can't help but hope so. Tony Notarianni with the story at Maple Leafs Central.
The 5 most fan-popular Maple Leafs in my lifetime. And...who do you think is the most popular Leaf now?
Michael Langlois with a suggested list.
Marek Vs. Wyshynski
History Lessons: Kenora
This is a fun one. From Ellen Etchingham, of course.
It’s time for hockey’s culture of sexual assault to change
Jennifer Conway has looked into this quite a bit.