Senators let the NHL do the talking on first day of lockout

The Ottawa Senators let the National Hockey League do its talking on the first day of the lockout.
Unlike a number of other NHL teams, such as the Dallas Stars, the Florida Panthers, the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Minnesota Wild, which posted personal messages to their fans on their Internet sites, the Senators, by late Sunday afternoon, had posted only the NHL’s message
While the NHL praised the just-expired collective bargaining agreement for having brought competitive balance to the league, it said it couldn’t keep operating under that deal.
“While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League’s economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players,” the statement said in part.
“Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation – not through rhetoric.”
The players, not surprisingly, want to keep playing while negotiating.
“Third lockout in 18 years by the owners, we are willing to play and negotiate,” said Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog via Twitter.
Some teams, such as the Ducks and the Maple Leafs, also began announcing refund plans for season-ticket holders.
The Ducks said fans who keep their money with the club will receive five per cent interest on the money and credit for all games missed, which is the same as the Los Angeles Kings’ policy. Those who want an immediate refund will get that refund plus one per cent interest.
The Leafs are giving season ticket holders the option of keeping money with team with five per cent interest or a monthly refund with one per cent interest during the lockout.
Players have also begun to sign with teams in other leagues.
Players have begun signing with overseas teams.
Agent Allan Walsh said via Twitter that one of his clients Ruslan Fedotenko had signed with Donetsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, while Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.
KHL team Metallurg also announced that it had signed Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar for the duration of the lockout.
Another report had Ottawa’s Kaspars Daugavins joining Dinamo Riga in the KHL.

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