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09-26-2012, 06:34 PM
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"It doesn't look good," the Lightning left wing said after 14 Tampa Bay players skated at the Ice Sports Forum. "Most of the guys, we're in there talking, the way it sounds we're prepared to be locked out the whole year."

The Players' Association and league are scheduled to meet today, and as W Marty St. Louis said, "Whenever there's a meeting there's always hope."

But Malone brought up the 2004-05 lockout that resulted in a lost season and player salaries cut 24 percent.

"That's just the way we think (commissioner Gary Bettman) is operating so we're all prepared for that," he said.
"They've said, 'We're not going to talk to you unless you make more concessions,' so it hasn't made much sense for us," said RW B.J. Crombeen, part of the unions' negotiating committee. "We've said, 'We're here, we're ready. Let us know when you're ready to talk to us.' "

"If we're sacrificing then they should be sacrificing," Malone said. "It's about growing the game and not growing everyone's bank account."
The union provided players with NHLPA jerseys, a much-better looking and less contentious option than the team jerseys players wore inside out to show lockout unity.
Stamkos and St. Louis will wait another couple of weeks before deciding about playing in Europe.
Lindback has also left Tampa and is back in Sweden.

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