CBA / Lockout Discussion Thread (Update: player tested, owner approved)
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12-05-2012, 02:31 AM
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"A great experience," Hedman said by phone. "I've been playing a lot and developing my game. I'm very happy I chose to come here, and I'm very eager to get back to Tampa and prove I've gotten better as a player."
Hedman's 18 assists are tied for second among league defensemen and his 18 points in 21 games are sixth. He is averaging 21:51 of ice time and is plus-12.
But Hedman, 21, said he is most excited about his work on offense, especially on the power play where he wants to expand his role with Tampa Bay.
But Hedman said he now better understands how to meld offensive creativity with defensive positioning. His reaction time also has improved.
"The more time he can spend on (the power play) the more comfortable he will be," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. "I know he has the ability to play on it, so it's a matter of getting the opportunity and he's getting that over there."
"You can definitely get better playing there," said Tampa Bay captain Vinny Lecavalier, who during the 2004-05 lockout played in Russia for Kazan. "It's a little different style of play, a little more free on the ice. It's not as structured. But it's not like you're playing 16-year-olds. It's the second-best league in the world."
If ever you are in Kazakhstan, Victor Hedman said, better not to order horse in a restaurant.
Yes, it is a delicacy there. But, really, "It's disgusting," Hedman said. "It was chewy. It's tough to explain what it tastes like ....You have to try it once," Hedman said, "but never again."
Standing side by side comfortably for perhaps the first time since the lockout began was a representative from the players' association alongside a representative of the league.
Concluding a lengthy day of CBA talks between owners and players at a midtown Manhattan hotel – union head Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman were absent from the meetings – NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly appeared together in front of assembled media with an unusual air of co-operation.
“We had a long day obviously,” said Fehr of the talks. “I thought it was a constructive day. We had a good dialogue. In some ways I'd say it might be the best day we've had, which isn't to paint too overly optimistic of a picture; there's still a lot of work to do and a lot to be done but we will be back at it [Wednesday] morning.”
With all this optimism flying around tonight, keep in mind Bettman and Fehr have to re-enter the talks at some point #BuzzKillWarning
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