Negotiations between the NHL and its players union resumetoday in New Yorkas the two try to salvage what already will be a shortened regular season.I think the really unfortunate part of where we are is notonly the fact that weve done significant damage to this season's revenues,NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Nasvhille Tennessean, but the bottom line is, bymissing games, by missing training camp, by being in a labor dispute and a workstoppage, we're certainly risking and threatening a slowdown to some of themomentum that we've had or been able to generate some of the popularity we'vebeen able to build throughout the league, including in some of thenon-traditional markets.And I think the longer-term impact of that dynamic is as scary as anythingelse to us, and something we jointly should have an interest in trying tominimize at this point.One of the many sticking points between the owners and players is thedistribution of league revenue and how to support the NHLs small-market teams likethe Predators, Coyotes, Islanders, Panthers and Blue Jackets.The NHL has proposed a plan in which 190 million will go towardsmall-market teams. The players have crafted a plan that has 260 milliongoing to those teams.Were suggesting using less room on the top end and moreroom on the bottom end as a way of constructing the range that's more friendlyto small markets, Daly said, but also creates a dynamic where there will beless player escrow, so there will be less dollars at risk for the players.For more of Dailys interview with the Tennesean,click here
Seven of the Capitals’ 10 World Cup of Hockey participants should be at Kettler Capitals Iceplex by Thursday after Nicklas Backstrom and Sweden were eliminated in the semifinals Sunday afternoon.
Two of the Capitals’ three USA representatives—Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie—rejoined their Washington teammates for Sunday's training camp practice. John Carlson will be on the ice Monday.
Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, meanwhile, are scheduled to return Wednesday. Russia was bounced Saturday night by Canada.
“It’ll set up nice for them,” associate coach Todd Reirden said, referring to Ovechkin and Co. “So when they get back, they can practice Wednesday [and] Thursday, and we’ll have an off day on Friday. That’ll allow them to get back in the swing of things with us here and be able to get the rest that they need to set them up for the start of the [regular season].”
Asked about getting the Capitals' stars back on the ice, Reirdern said: “It’s great. …Just in terms of execution and energy, it was good to have [Oshie and Niskanen] back out there. They’re in a really good state of mind in terms of what’s going on here. And we feel like we have a good plan for them moving forward.”
Backstrom will be the next player to return. He's expected back Thursday after Sweden lost to Europe, 3-2, in overtime.
It's going to be a longer stay in Toronto for Canada's Braden Holtby and Barry Trotz as well as for Europe's Philipp Grubauer. The best-of-three finals begin Tuesday and could go until Saturday. After the World Cup champion has been crowned, the remaining Capitals' participants will get a travel day and two days off before being required to report to camp.
Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt suffered a minor lower body injury during Sunday morning's training camp practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, according to associate coach Todd Reirden.
Reirden said Schmidt will be reevaluated by the team’s medical staff Monday morning.
“Lower body, precautionary thing that we had him go off for,” Reirden said. “He got things checked out. We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning. He wasn’t going to play tomorrow anyway. So we’ll see how it is and take it day-by-day for now.”
The Capitals host the Hurricanes in the preseason opener Monday night. Players who aren’t suiting up at Verizon Center are scheduled to scrimmage Monday afternoon in Arlington.
Schmidt was injured when he got tangled up with Garrett Mitchell along the boards in an intense battle drill. After lying on the ice momentarily, he got up and limped to the dressing room.
Reirden reiterated that Schmidt’s injury is not considered to be of major concern.
“Obviously, with a player like him that we have projected to be in our top-6,” Reirden said. “You don’t take a risk with any players in a preseason game, [as] to [not make] him more vulnerable to reinjure something that may be a problem. Tomorrow morning we’ll get with the trainers and make the decision that’s right.”