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 sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.

Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.

“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”

Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.

The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.

A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.

Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.

Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.