NHL, NHLPA meet for two hours Monday, will talk Tuesday


NHL, NHLPA meet for two hours Monday, will talk Tuesday

As Day 65 of the NHL lockout came to a close on Monday, so did the latest talks between the league and the NHLPA.

The two sides met for nearly two hours in New York City on Monday, as they still look to get a new collective bargaining agreement in place. And based on reports, it looks like the two will try to meet again tomorrow.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the New York media that the league wants a full economic proposal from the NHLPA that covers everything (including hockey-related revenue split).

If their proposal continues to be a guaranteed amount of players share dollars, we have told them that sitting here on Nov. 19, thats not a proposal that is acceptable to us or would ever be acceptable to owners right now, Daly told the media.

Its been an interesting couple of days regarding the lockout. At the end of last week, several reports stated that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested a two-week moratorium on CBA talks. But before the weekend was over the two sides agreed to talk again today.

The leagues brass was on the receiving end of some unflattering player comments the past few days. Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White told local reports that he thought Bettman was an idiot. Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg took it an uglier route during an interview with TSN Radio 1050 earlier today, when he called Bettman and Daly cancers who have been looting the game for far too long.

Daly told reports he doesnt take the comments personally, considering it human nature.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Special teams struggles continue

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Special teams struggles continue

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Tracey Myers discuss the Blackhawks' penalty kill woes in the latest installment of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast. 

They also break down the defensive pairings and Joel Quenneville's coaching after seven games. 

Check out the latest episode of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast below: 

Artem Anisimov collecting points but knows faceoffs need to improve

Artem Anisimov collecting points but knows faceoffs need to improve

It took a little bit for Artem Anisimov to get going this season.

Much like the second line overall, he wasn’t making an immediate impact or collecting many points. Oh, how things have changed in a week or two.

Now if he can get his face-off victories on the same level as his production, he’ll be happy.

Anisimov, who was named the NHL’s second star for last week, continued his point-scoring run with an assist in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Entering Tuesday’s games, Anisimov is one of four players with a league-best nine points.

“It was a very good week,” said Anisimov, whose focus quickly turned to the Blackhawks. “But we need to play better as a team. Better on the [penalty kill], better on the power play, too. Just play better.”

Anisimov wasn’t giving himself too much credit so Patrick Kane, the beneficiary of Anisimov’s assist on Monday, did.

“He made a great pass to me. Not that he didn’t do that last year. He was there, but sometimes we’d score a goal, he’d be the third assist or the guy in front of the net creating traffic and could be the biggest reason we score,” Kane said. “Good to see him get the points and get the recognition, for sure.”

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Now, about those faceoffs. After winning 44.2 percent of his faceoffs last season, Anisimov has won just 35 percent so far this season. As soon as the subject came up, Anisimov shook his head in frustration.

“The faceoff situation. It’s not great, actually. I try to do so many things right now but it doesn’t work,” he said. “You have so many different things. Try to worry about the opponent, how they do it, and not focus on myself. I just need to focus on myself and what I’m doing. keep working.”

Jonathan Toews is by far the Blackhawks’ faceoff man right now; he’s winning 60.8 percent of the time. Marcus Kruger is at 50 percent. The Blackhawks as a team are 29th in the NHL in faceoffs won in the offensive zone (42.5 percent), 27th overall in faceoffs (46.6 percent). Coach Joel Quenneville needs the team, including Anisimov, to be better in that department.

“We started off in a tough area – across the board except for Jonny – where we’re starting against it, chasing the puck and a lot of times we’re out there in the offensive zone and we don’t get that pressure, sustain offensive zone time or puck possession time. That’s an area where we’d like to get 50-50 or close to that and get a little help along the lines as well,” Quenneville said. “That’s definitely area where we need [Anisimov] to get better and get a little stronger, and [have] an awareness to what the opponents are doing or how the officials are dropping it as well. We have to get better.”

Anisimov has gotten his production going. He’d like to do the same with his faceoffs. Much like his scoring, he knows getting confidence in faceoffs could turn things around.

“Of course, yes,” he said. “I just need to straighten out a couple more games in the faceoffs and it’ll build confidence. Just build confidence.”