In another sign the NHL is headed towards a lockout, the Detroit Red Wings today announced it would be cancelling its annual Traverse City prospect tournament held next month.
"Due to the uncertainly surrounding the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the advance commitments required from the various parties including hotels, airlines, teams, players and their families, etc., we have determined that it is in everyone's best interest to cancel this year's tournament," Detroit general manager Ken Holland said on Thursday.
Aside from the Red Wings and the Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and St. Louis Blues were all expected to participate.
This clearly isn't a good sign for a CBA agreement to be worked out before the Sept. 15 deadline. Obviously it doesn't mean it's a definite, but surely if the teams felt something would be done in time, the tournament would be going on as planned.
I think I speak for everyone in saying watching the tournament last year on MSG was a blast. It's great to be able to see the players in the system live on television rather than reading about them in stories or seeing highlights.
Another casualty of the labor talks, I suppose.