NHLPA won't decertify: report
|Sweden's Viktor Stalberg reacts after lost 2012 IIHF men's ice hockey World Championship quarter-final game with Czech Republic in Stockholm May 17, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek
The National Hockey League Players' Association will not decertify in an attempt to end its stalemate with the NHL, according to the New York Post.
The strategy was used by the NFL and NBA unions during negotiations and helped get to a settlement but the NHLPA isn't about to go down that road at this point. It was discussed on an NHLPA conference call, Larry Brooks says in his report, but the idea was shot down.
"The players were told opting for decertification would not merely represent a legal technicality, it would in fact mean the players would no longer be negotiating as a unified group; indeed, decertification would mean the union would be disbanded," Brooks wrote. "There was little appetite to adopt that route, though talk of decertification -- which presumably would be followed by filing of antitrust action in the U.S and filings in Canada, where labour laws differ throughout the provinces -- will inevitably become louder and a more acceptable option for the players if the league continues to stonewall through next month."
Although it appeared the two sides would take a couple weeks off around the American Thanksgiving, talks will resume on Monday. At stake is billions of dollars in revenue.
Brooks said the Toronto Maple Leafs will lose roughly $100 million if the entire season is wiped out while the New York Rangers would miss out on $50 million.
STALBERG OFF TO KHL
Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg is leaving Sweden and heading for the KHL, according to reports.
Stalberg had been with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League but has opted to skate over to Atlant Moscow of the KHL. Stalberg, who joins Fedor Tyutin of the Columbus Blue Jackets with the Russian team, is expected to make his debut against Lev Praha on Wednesday.
The addition of Stalberg, who had six goals and five assists in 10 games with Frolunda, should help spark the Moscow club. Atlant has just six regulation wins in 26 games and sits 12th in the 14-team KHL.
RYAN HEADING TO SWEDEN?
Swedish team Mora is trying to lure Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan into their fold, according to Aftonbladet.
Ryan is scheduled to play in a charity game next weekend in Atlantic City but that hasn't stopped Mora from making a pitch to the 25-year-old American, who is coming off a 31-goal, 57-point season with the Ducks.
"Yes, we're looking at it, but there is nothing that is clear," club director Peter Hermodsson told Aftonbladet.
Mora can only keep two international players and already has two on the roster. Still, the team would probably make room for someone of Ryan's stature.
"Yes, that's right. But because it's not something that is done, I can not comment on that," Hermodsson said.
JACKETS PROSPECT HURT
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray, the second player picked in the 2012 NHL draft, may have dislocated his shoulder and could be out long-term.
Murray, the captain of the Everett Silvertips of the WHL and a solid bet to play defence for Canada at the world junior championship in Ufa, Russia, was hurt during Friday's game against Victoria.
"It's not good news," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson told the Columbus Dispatch. "Right now his arm is in a sling, held tight to his body, and he's in a lot of pain. He'll have an MRI early this week, and then we'll know more.
"You'll have to see how much damage he's done to the labrum. Does he have any broken bones from the thrust of the fall? Once it's come out, it tends to come out easier in the future. Our doctors will take a look at the tests and we'll decide the next step."
The blueliner has two goals and 15 assists in 23 games this season.