NHL lockout has St. Paul business owners concerned

The NHL lockout has some St. Paul business owners concerned about their bottom lines. Former player and now restaurant owner Tom Reid says losing the hockey season would be a big blow to businesses near the Xcel. Less than 24 hours into the lockout, Wild defensemen Jared Spurgeon has signed on to play in a European league.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The NHL lockout has some St. Paul business owners concerned about their bottom lines, KSTP reports. Former player and now restaurant owner Tom Reid tells KARE 11 that losing the hockey season would be a big blow to businesses near the Xcel. Reid says hockey fans account for about 30 percent of his business.

The league locked out its players after a collective bargaining agreement was not reached by Saturday's midnight deadline.

Minnesota Wild defensemen Jared Spurgeon is one of several NHL players signing on to play in Europe during the lockout, according to USA TODAY.

WCCO-TV reports former general manager of the North Stars, Lou Nanne, says the lockout could have been avoided if both sides would have started negotiating earlier.

Nanne thinks the lockout could end soon and compares the negotiations to the NFL and NBA, which was settled in a 50-50 settlement.

Next Up

Related

St. Paul businesses brace for potential NHL lockout

The National Hockey League and its players have less than 10 days to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The current contract expires on Sept. 15 and no new talks are scheduled. Businesses surrounding the Xcel Energy Center are concerned. Tom Reid, owner of Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub, tells WCCO Wild home games generate more than 30 percent of his annual business.

Frustrated business owner bails on St. Paul expansion

The owner of a popular bakery in Minneapolis won't be cooking up a new location on St. Paul's Grand Avenue. Cupcake's Kevin Vanderaa says he's fed up after the neighborhood association's complaints about a technical issue. Vanderaa also says he received no support from elected officials.

Wild preparing for NHL lockout

The Minnesota Wild are gearing up for a possible NHL lockout by preparing to send players under entry-level contracts to their American Hockey League affiliate in Houston. Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin, Brett Bulmer and Marco Scandella are all likely headed to Houston.

Wolves owner Glen Taylor joins lockout talks

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has joined the NBA lockout talks in New York. Yesterday’s session went a marathon 15 hours, but both sides reportedly made a bit of progress. Union leaders say an 82-game schedule can be played this year -- if the lockout ends this weekend.