NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 10, 2019
Latest on Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Nick Foligno, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
RDS.CA: San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is very critical of the escrow clause that sees an average of 15 percent of players’ salaries clawed back from their pay. He finds it annoying because the players made the biggest sacrifices by selling a percentage of their income to ratify the current collective bargaining agreement. Vlasic also believes the league should do a better job selling the game and raising revenues, which would relieve the escrow pressure on players’ salaries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vlasic isn’t the only player unhappy with the escrow clause. It will likely become the central issue in the next round of CBA talks.
The NHL Players Association has the opportunity next month (Sept. 19) to vote on whether to opt-out of the current CBA, which expires on Sept. 15, 2022. If they do, the current agreement will expire next September. The league also has the opportunity to opt-out on Sept. 1 but I believe it’ll be the players who go this route.
Escrow is a major sticking point with the players. If the league wants to avoid another work stoppage (and commissioner Gary Bettman said the owners aren’t looking for a fight), that issue must be addressed to the NHLPA’s satisfaction.
TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno doesn’t fault his former teammates who departed via free agency this summer but questions the logic of why they left a good team to try and find another. Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Matt Duchene officially signed with new clubs on July 1.
“We did everything we possibly could to show them we’re a legit team,” Foligno said in a recent interview. “In a way, it was a surprise (they left), but it was their right.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you can’t sell a teammate on staying put, it’s probably because they don’t want to be there. It could be because they’d rather play in a more glamorous location or because of a conflict with a coach or the general manager.
I think Panarin really wanted to play in New York. Bobrovsky said he felt he needed a change of scenery. Duchene had a hankering to go to Nashville.
SPORTSNET: Quebec Superior Court awarded a man nearly $45,000 in compensation over a dispute with his former brother-in-law regarding the Montreal Canadiens’ season tickets they’d shared for nearly 19 years.