NHL notes: Players want to play, Malhotra says

Donald Fehr (C), executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, speaks at a...

Donald Fehr (C), executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, speaks at a news conference as players Ron Hainsey (centre R) and Manny Malhotra (centre L) look on, in New York, September 12, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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Want proof the locked-out players don't want to lose the 2012-13 NHL season?

According to Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra, one of the most plugged-in players to the ongoing (or disjointed, depending on your view) negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA, all you need to do is look at how the players are spending their league-imposed downtime. Players are taking their talents to Europe or skating in small groups to stay prepared for when (not if) the season actually starts.

"If we had no desire to get back to the games, we'd be on vacation somewhere stuffing our faces rather than skating and working out every day," Malhotra told the Vancouver Sun. "To say that guys don't want to negotiate and get things done would be a wrong statement."

Malhotra also said the players won't panic even though the Winter Classic became the latest casualty of the lockout Friday when the league pulled the plug on the annual outdoor game.

"We've been educated on what's going on and why these pressure tactics are being used so, again, we're not fazed by it," he said. "It's sad that this is one of their only methods but it is what it is."

HALL GOES INTO HALL

Nearly 40 years after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Glenn Hall will receive the same honour in the city where he finished his NHL career.

Hall will be one of three inductees into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame late this month, going in along with former St. Louis cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds and ex-St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Orlando Pace.

Credited as the goalie who invented the butterfly style, Hall won 407 games in the NHL in his 18-season NHL career. In addition to the Blues, he played for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks -- Hall won the Vezina twice with Chicago and once with St. Louis --and was a seven-time first-team all-star.

But Hall might be best remembered for being the goalie in the famous photo of Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Blues.

MIETTINEN GOES HOME

Winnipeg Jets forward Antti Miettinen has signed with Finnish team HPK, according to EliteProspects.com.

Miettinen will reportedly join the team next week. Former Jets forward Eric Fehr, who is an NHL free agent, is already on the HPK roster.

This isn't the first time Miettinen, who had five goals and eight assists in 45 games with the Jets last season, has played for the club. He played with HPK before moving to the NHL in 2003.

 


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