Morning Links: Day 41 of lockout

  • Rangers ownership has no problem with the Islanders moving to Brooklyn, as Hank Ratner said, “We’ve had a great relationship with the Islanders for probably 40 years now; we expect that to continue.” (Newsday)

  • Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said he doesn’t see the Islanders move as “taking away from” the Devils. “I don’t think it affects the Devils one way or another, other than there is more excitement when you go play in a new building.” (The Star-Ledger)

  • The KHL announced Friday it would no longer play games at the Barclays Center as previously planned for Jan. 19-20. (USA Today)

  • Islanders owner Charles Wang said Thursday that his team will make the playoffs in the next NHL season and is “going to have a great run.” (Newsday)

  • Penguins player representative Craig Adam said there is always a fear that there will not be any urgency in negotiations now that the league says it is impossible to have an 82-game season. But teammate Matt Niskanen added that, “a 70-game schedule is better than no games, so there’s still incentive for both sides to try to work something out.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • President and chief executive of Hockey Canada Bob Nicholson said the NHL-ready arena being proposed in Markham, a suburb of Toronto, would be a “long shot” to host the 2015 world junior hockey championship. (National Post)