Bits: Of Course Brooklyn Still Covets the Islanders

Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond resigned with immediate effect in January in the wake of revelations that his firm's name was slapped on a Brooklyn arena that has yet to secure an ice hockey side.

Yes, Gary Bettman still wants a reduction in the NHLPA's share of hockey revenue and yes, the Brooklyn arena masterminds still want the New York Islanders as a tenant.

On the latter, Newsday's Steve Zipay has a few quotes from the usual (as well as the usual no comment) on that. Bill Daly is quoted as saying the possibility is "intriguing," although it's unclear whether that's because Daly would find anything non-CBA-related intriguing at this point.

Speaking of which: PA and owner reps meet today. Will we see a counterproposal and a working holiday weekend? Or the escalation of a cold war? Full videos of Wednesday's pressers are here. And here's an interesting look at areas the owners are targeting in figuring HRR (with some oddly optimistic talk, too). ... Zach Parise is not as optimistic.

A few more reads:

Happy negotiating, fellas.

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