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10-02-2012, 03:46 PM
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I think the NHL is waiting for the players to start missing paycheques to give them some leverage. So sadly I think that means no "real" negotiations until the eve of Oct. 11th or thereafter. Then they will actually try to negotiate. My hope is if there's some freaking sanity here, then American Thanksgiving (late November) should be where a deal is struck at the latest.

If they cancel the whole season -- honestly, I'm only coming back as an Oilers fan just because of how bad we've been for so long that we deserve to watch all this young talent finally. They are lucky that they have us.

But if I was a Canucks, Flames, Hawks, Red Wings, Habs, Leafs, Flyers, etc. etc. etc. fan ... I would boycott to be honest. Two full seasons lost since 2004 is freaking ridiculous. If I was a casual fan in the US I'd give up on the NHL entirely and go watch NBA or something else.

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