TIDBITS of info surrounding NHL labour impasse:
THE CANCELLATIONS: There were 10 pre-season games scheduled for Monday night, including what would have been the first look at the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets were to play the Oilers in Edmonton.
ON THE MOVE
NHL player movement, some rumoured, some confirmed:
-- Max Pacioretty, Montreal, Ambri-Piotta (Swiss league)
-- Nikita Nikitin, Columbus, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
-- Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia, Eispiraten Crimmitschau (German Second Division)
-- Chris Stewart, St. Louis, Eispiraten Crimmitschau (German 2nd Division)
-- Tuukka Rask, Boston, HC Plzen (Czech Extraliga)
"We're not shocked at being called 'cattle.' I can tell you the players have been called a lot worse by some of the guys on the other side. It's just never been reported publicly. I think it helps that the fans get to hear what we already know. We're not humans in their eyes; we're just pieces of meat that get to eat some grass for awhile." -- San Jose Sharks winger Martin Havlat in The Ottawa Sun, referring to Detroit VP Jimmy Devellano's comment that NHL owners are ranchers and the players "cattle."
"I guess I must be Grade A prime beef. I think we're pretty good cattle if you're looking at it that way. You definitely as a person don't like to be called 'cattle.' You'd think people would treat you better than as just an animal. Obviously he's got his name on the Cup a lot of times. I'm not going to say anything to disrespect him. But he said what he said and I kind of laughed at it. It is what it is." -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic, responding to the Devellano quote, to Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet Northeast.
"We saw what the (owners) did in '04-05 and who knows if they're willing to do that again," Chicago captain and Winnipegger Jonathan Toews said. "To me, it's just carelessness. It's them just trying to show everyone that they're the owners and they're the league. They can do whatever they want. If they want to hurt their own game and drive it into the ground that's what they'll do. Even if it comes down to that, it doesn't matter as long as they get what they want."
TWEET OF THE DAY
From Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe (@GlobeKPD): 'NHLDo Nothing; NHLPANothing Doing. Not legacy, but lunacy.'
-- compiled by Ed Tait