TIDBITS of info surrounding NHL labour impasse on Monday:
"If the (NHL) continues to insist on their (demands), then it will take a full year. That's because we are not going to cave in. Then I will spend the entire season in the KHL. It's an absolute reality."
-- Alex Ovechkin in an interview with Sovietsky Sport.
Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators will not be feeling the sting of the lockout. His new deal is worth $14 million for 2012-13, of which $13 million was in the form of signing bonuses.
The Ottawa Senators have temporarily laid off more than 10 employees and did not renew deals of contract workers.
ON THE MOVE
NHL player movement, some rumoured, some confirmed:
Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey, to SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Rick Nash, NY Rangers, Davos (Swiss League)
Joe Thornton, San Jose, Davos (Swiss League)
Nikolai Kulemin, Toronto, to Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Mark Streit, NY Islanders, SC Bern (Swiss League)
Christian Ehrhoff, Buffalo (German league)
Alex Ovechkin, Washington, negotiating with Dynamo Moscow (KHL)
Logan Couture, San Jose, Geneva (Swiss League)
Jason Demers, San Jose, Oulun Karpat (Finnish League)
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton, Pardubice (Czech League)
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia, to HC Lev Praha in Prague (KHL)
THE PR GAME
To check out the NHLPA video, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?vRCW0VsfR9FM
A fun video, courtesy QX104's Vicki Shae: http://www.youtube.com/watch?vT-MftkeLnJE
The NHL memo to fans is here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.m?id641584&navidDLNHLhome
For those of you who can read Finnish, a blog post from Teemu Selanne is here: http://blogit.mtv3.fi/salama/2012/09/17/mika-mattaa-gary-bettman/ (Among the highlights, Selanne calls commissioner Gary Bettman "the NHL's most-hated person.")
Juicy read of the day, from Bernie Miklasz of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/article_eb90e5a4-dab0-5e60-9b24-00b5ffb9b39b.html#.UFds_bYv4_k.twitter
-- compiled by Ed Tait