Morning Links: Day 17 of the lockout

  • Still recovering from offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries, Ryan Kesler must report to Rogers Arena every weekday morning and will still be paid his full salary until cleared for action. (The Vancouver Sun)

  • The NHL should begin cancelling regular season games this week with the schedule slated to open on Oct. 11. (USA Today)

  • Evander Kane has found a number or ways to combat boredom during the lockout – like going to football games and playing in a recreation hockey league – but it is the financial advisor he hired that will really help him deal with the work stoppage. (New York Times)

  • Manny Malhotra said the league’s initial offer to cut the players’ revenue from 57 percent to 43 percent still angers the players and, “it did some good for us in terms of solidarity and where we stood – that’s for sure.” (The Province)

  • Sabres coach Lindy Ruff would rather see his players in Europe than at informal skates in Buffalo. “My feeling is if you can play, play, whether you’re half a world away or not,” Ruff said. “Playing’s a good thing. You can keep your skills sharp.” (Buffalo News)

  • Flyers’ Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen were among a group of players skating in Voorhees, N.J., across from the Phantoms’ practice. (Courier Post)

  • Ryan Smyth and Taylor Hall have been skating with the Edmonton Oil Kings since most of the group they were skating with left town. (Edmonton Sun)

  • Cody Franson signed in Sweden this season, but his agent his optimistic a deal could get done with the Maple Leafs once the lockout is over. (Toronto Sun)

  • Red wings head coach Mike Babcock and assistant GM Jim Nill watched most of Detroit’s AHL affiliate the Griffins’ first practice on Monday from the stands. (mlive.com)

  • Bob Hartley didn’t hesitate in fighting to give Steve McCarthy a professional tryout with the Abbotsford Heat after watching the defenseman in the Swiss league last season. (Calgary Herald)

  • Season-ticket sales for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies are up 74 percent from last year and the team expects a 15 percent increase in attendance. (Toronto Star)