Morning Links: Day 19 of the lockout

  • Daniel Alfredsson expects to be locked out for a “period of time,” but he still fully supports the NHLPA. “Even if this would turn out to be a whole season and I wouldn’t play again, that’s fine with me. I’m just a small piece of the puzzle. But I’d love to play again.” (Ottawa Citizen)

  • The Ducks’ Sheldon Souray, going through his third work stoppage, said it would “be utter stupidity and craziness to lose another full season. … Guys are going to lose careers over this. Players are doing what’s right and we feel that for sure. We have a vision and we’re prepared to stick with it.” (Montreal Gazette)

  • Olli Jokinen said he honestly was never optimistic the season would start on time and doesn’t think there are many players who were. “If we miss one game this season, I think it’s a shame, with what the players went through, what the fans went through and what the owners went through seven years ago with missing the whole year,” Jokinen said. (Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Vincent Lecavalier is getting frustrated by the lockout. “The numbers are showing the league is healthy and since 2004 the league has been better and better each year. There is no reason, I think, that they should put us in a lockout.” (The Tampa Tribune)

  • The Flames’ Jiri Hudler was released by the KHL’s Lev Prague to rehab an abdominal muscle injury. (The Calgary Herald)

  • Tomas Plekanec has scored seven goals and assisted on seven more in just seven games with the HC Kladno Knights. (Montreal Gazette)

  • Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal for SKA St. Pertersburg on Wednesday in his team’s 3-2 shootout victory over HC Neftekhimik. (The Star-Ledger)

  • A small group remains practicing in South Florida, paying $350 an hour to rent the ice at the Panthers’ facility. (Miami Herald)

  • Several financial planners said most players learned from history to prepare early for a potential lockout and are in much better financial condition to survive a prolonged time without a pay check. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Some locked-out players from the Vancouver Canucks will play the UBC Thunderbirds in a charity game. (The Vancouver Sun)

  • Jason Jaffray was cleared for full contact by doctors after going through spinal fusion neck surgery on April 18 after taking a check-from-behind in a game in late March. (Winnipeg Sun)

  • Leland Irving spent the summer sharing goaltending duties with Carey Price and James Reimer, while facing Jarome Iginla, Shea Weber, Josh Gorges and Cody Franson – a group that made the hour commute well worth it, according to the young goalie. (The Calgary Herald)