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Gretzky: “Somehow, some way, both sides will come together”

Sep 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Wayne Gretzky AP

NHL legends Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr believe that if there is a lockout, it will be brief.

Gretzky told CTV Atlantic that players and owners will find a way to get something done.

“I really think this one won’t be as long as the last one,” Gretzky said. “I think somehow, some way, both sides will come together and we’ll be playing hockey sooner rather than later.”

Orr would be surprised if a lockout ends up being much more than a speed bump.

“I just can’t believe they won’t get together,” Orr said. “There may be a short delay, but I can’t believe it will be more than a short time. It would be so silly.”

Then again, Gretzky also echoes Gary Bettman’s words about fans returning after the last lockout.

“The game itself, though, is such an enjoyable sport and such a way of life in a lot of cities that ultimately a lot of fans will come back, although being upset and being mad,” Gretzky said. “They enjoy the game too much.”

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner)

  1. sippindasyzurp - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Well Bobby that’s cause back when you played you actually played for the love of the game.. Now all these spoiled fools it’s all about the money and GREED.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      It’s 2012 out there, not 2004-2005

      Players took their medicine (again) 7 years ago.
      And Bobby got paid handsomely because of the efforts of Ted Lindsay and Doug Harvey.

      Time for you to check out “Net Worth” and see how playing for the pure love of the game gets taken advantage of so badly, so we can avoid silly comments like this and others.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      It’s also their job. I’m not sure where you see the players are greedy.

  2. jernster21 - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Now is not the time, Bob!

  3. martysbetter - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Gretzky said the same thing about his daughter’s thighs.

    • blues1988 - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      how could this comment get any thumbs downs? that was HILARIOUS! she is so hot too!

      • elvispocomo - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        I’d think it was people reacting negatively to the thought of Paulina’s thighs closing.

  4. elofan05031977 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    With all due respect to The Great One and Bobby. The NHL isn’t dealing with the previous executive directors. Bettman, et al. is dealing with a someone who is one of the key people of the 1994 MLB players strike.

    Gary can give ultimatums all he wants. Fehr is the type (cut in the same mold as Marvin Miller) would dig in his heels. If that means the season is lost once again, so be it. After the last two seasons which was exciting. This is a kick in the gut both sides are culpable. No winners here. Us fans, the concession workers, arena security, amongst other workers are the losers in this.

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