The exchange of proposals and responses to said proposals between the NHL and NHLPA continues in New York City. And after a brief meeting on Tuesday night, the players will now review the leagues response.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told the New York media that the league made a comprehensive response to what the players association presented to it on New Years Eve.
The two sides didnt meet until late on Tuesday night, as the league reportedly spent most of the day forming their latest proposal. Fehr said the NHLPA will go through this proposal, and told reporters he expects the two sides to talk again on Wednesday.
Commissioner Gary Bettman, who met with reporters a few minutes after Fehr did, also anticipated meeting with the NHLPA on Wednesday. He also said hes not focused on the NHLPAs deadline to go forward with the disclaimer of interest, which is tomorrow.
Yes, things are getting into a pattern right now regarding the latest collective bargaining agreement negotiations. But at least now, the two are trading ideas and proposals instead of verbal jabs. The league presented the NHLPA with a 288-page proposal last Thursday, and the two sides met regarding that on Monday night. The PA countered with a reported 26-page proposal, which brings us to the leagues counter today.
Bettman said Monday that its imperative that, if theres hockey, it has to start on Jan. 19 to guarantee getting in a 48-game season.
It doesnt make sense to play a season shorter than that, he said.
The Blackhawks agreed to terms with goaltender Lars Johansson, defenseman Michal Kempny and forward Martin Lundberg on one-year deals on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Kempny had 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with Avangard Omsk (KHL) last season. He had two assists in eight games with the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championship.
Johansson, 28, spent the last three seasons with Frolunda HC (Swedish Hockey League). He was 56-27-0 over those three seasons. Last season, he had a league-leading 1.74 goals-against average and a 27-6-0 record.
The 25-year-old Lundberg had 13 goals and eight assists in 44 games with Skelleftea AIK (Swedish Hockey League). He also had two goals in eight games with Sweden in the World Championship.
Less than 18 months after buying a five-bedroom, 6,400-square-foot mansion in Lincoln Park, Jonathan Toews has put it on the market for $3.899 million.
The Blackhawks captain is looking to downsize, according to the Chicago Tribune, but listing agent Kai Schirmacher said he plans to remain in the city.
Toews, 28, purchased the four-story home for $3.525 million several months after inking an eight-year, $84 million contract extension with Chicago in July 2014.
Check out pictures from when he first bought the mansion below:
The Blackhawks have reportedly agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Kempny, according to ESPN's Craig Custance. It's a one-year, entry-level contract worth somewhere in between $575,000 and $925,000, according to generalfanager.com.
The 25-year-old Czech Republic native registered five goals, 16 assists and owned a plus-17 rating in 59 regular-season games this past season with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. He also racked up four points (two goals and two assists) and had a plus-7 rating in 11 postseason contests.
Kempny waited until after the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championship ended before making a decision. He had two assists in eight games during the tournament, and was tied for the team-lead with a plus-7 rating. His performance was good enough to be named one of Czech Republic's best players.
Kempny is a 6-foot, 194-pound left-handed defenseman who's known for his puck-moving skills and his ability to play well at both ends of the ice.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman spoke with Scott Powers of The Athletic earlier this month about the possibility of signing Kempny, and provided a quick scouting report on him:
“He’s a mobile defenseman,” Bowman said. “He’s got that mixture of offense and defense. I would call him a really well-rounded guy. He can defend well in his own end. Mobility, he’s a good skater. He can transition the puck. He can sort of play a well-rounded game, which I think as a defenseman, you’ve seen our team play a lot, you have to be able to defend for our coaches to be able to rely on you. He’s got that ability to sort of play both ways.”
Kempny gives the Blackhawks an NHL-ready defenseman with the potential to slot into a top-four role, or at least take some pressure off a blue line group that lacked the depth it's had in previous seasons.