DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14.
LAST NEGOTIATIONS: Sunday, Nov. 11, in New York
NEXT NEGOTIATIONS: TBD.
GAMES LOST: 327 (all games through Nov. 30, plus New Year’s Day Winter Classic).
QUIET TIMES: While there has been contact between officials from the NHL and the players’ association, none of those discussions have produced any positive results. “There is nothing new, and no meetings have been planned,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email on Tuesday.
SID SPEAKS OUT: Sidney Crosby’s frustration is spilling over. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain vented on Tuesday about the lack of progress. “I don’t think there’s much negotiating going on,” Crosby told reporters after he skated in Pittsburgh. “I think as far as the proposals are concerned it’s just kind of at a standstill. Nobody is moving a whole lot on their side, and I think that we’ve made steps to show that we’re willing to negotiate. I don’t think that’s really happening on the other side.” Crosby said the urgency to get the game back on the ice is being felt totally on the players’ side, and not on the side of the owners. “The desperation to play doesn’t really seem like it’s on their side,” he said. “I think there is a deal to be made, (but) I think negotiations have to be made if there is going to be a deal. If it keeps going like this everybody’s going to lose, there’s no way around it.”
WHAT WE MISSED: An 11-game schedule was lost Tuesday night, including the first of six scheduled meetings between area rivals the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders that was slated for Long Island.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller was diagnosed with a concussion one day after being leveled by a hit from Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic. Miller was hurt about 14 minutes into the first period of a 6-2 loss when he left the crease to play the puck before being checked by Lucic, who received a penalty for charging. Miller continued playing before being pulled after two periods. Miller didn’t get back into uniform until Dec. 2 at home against Detroit — nearly three weeks after being injured — and served as the backup goalie. The following night in Nashville, Miller returned from an eight-game absence and stopped 32 shots in Buffalo’s 3-2 win.