June 25, 2020

NHL Roundup: Vancouver out of Hub City mix, Amazon buys Seattle Arena name rights, Panarin and CBA news

Artemi Panarin (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Earlier today, Artemi Panarin issued a statement with this shocking request, “We as players cannot report to camp to resume play without already having an agreement in place.” In essence, he is asking for all his fellow players to hold out until the NHL’s escrow system is more equitable for the players. So does this mean there is another hurdle to overcome aside from COVID-19? That is going to fall on Donald Fehr and the NHLPA.

Artemi Panarin and other NHL players not on same CBA page

Unfortunately for Panarin, not all players feel that way. Which means that there will be no solidarity and the proposed CBA extension with the escrow issues Artemi dislikes will pass.

Now, not every player feels that way, and many agents don’t either. His post was not met with universal approval, with several calling it “misguided.” They also don’t like the union showing public strife, because it shows weakness. What it does reveal is the conflicting feelings running through union membership.

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Vancouver Canucks Out of Hub City Bid

Vancouver drops out of NHL Hub City bid – Getty Images

The Vancouver Canucks have officially announced they are out of the bidding for being an NHL Hub City. As for the reasons behind Vancouver dropping out, Elliotte Friedman mentioned on SiriusXMNHL that he heard the local government officials could not agree on what number of positive tests would shut play down. That now leaves Edmonton and Toronto for the Canadian Hub City.

Amazon buys Seattle Arena Naming Rights

Jeff Bezos the owner of Amazon has purchased the naming rights to the arena in Seattle for an undisclosed amount. Amazon will name it the “Climate Pledge Arena”.

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