Morning Links: Day 11 of the lockout

  • Victor Hedman's agent said the Lightning defenseman signed a contract with the KHL’s Barys Astana and he will report on Friday. (Tampa Bay Times)

  • Locked-out Predators players hired Shawn Allard, who runs an Ontario-based skating organization that works with hockey players of all levels, to coach them during the lockout. (The Tennessean)

  • Claude Giroux is "getting bored" without games to play and is considering going to Europe to help stay in shape during the lockout. (Ottawa Sun)

  • About 40 locked-out NHLers renting ice in Minnesota were kicked off the ice by a figure skating instructor for her private lesson. (Star Tribune)

  • Milan Michalek is caught in the middle of the lockout as he skates with locked out Senators players, but is allowed to use team facilities and will still get paid since he had surgery on Sept. 11 while players were still under the old CBA. (Ottawa Citizen)

  • With the lockout separating Jimmy Howard from mentor Chris Osgood – who became a goaltending development coach after retiring – the Wings’ goalie is doing drills with Todd Bertuzzi, who dreams of being a goalie. (Detroit Free Press)

  • Kevin Bieksa and Mason Raymond are taking part in an NHLPA initiative where players will drop in on kids’ hockey practices to help coach. (The Province)

  • The Jets’ Blake Wheeler is waiting until after Nov. 6 to decide if he will go to Europe to play because he and his wife are expecting a baby boy. (Winnipeg Sun)

  • Two young local goaltenders are living the dream as they were asked to workout with the group of locked-out NHL players skating in Nashville. (The Tennessean)