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Video: Pierre McGuire discusses Friday’s upcoming labor meeting

Sep 25, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

NBC’s NHL insider Pierre McGuire talks with Erik Kuselias of NBC Sports Talk to find out if the NHL’s meeting with the NHLPA on Friday means there’s hope for the lockout to end without missing any games.

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  1. charleslouis99 - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    can’t tell if pierre is good or bad at his job

    • elemeno89 - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      i think he dumbs himself down for the nbc audience. watching him on tsn is completely different in the sense that he had much more hockey sense. imo.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    whoa whoa whoa did he say expansion?? wrong way!! we need to contract at least 2 teams

  3. tmoore4075 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Contraction won’t happen. The NHL won’t want to do it and the NHLPA REALLY won’t want to do it. I agree though expansion is a bad idea. You have still quite a few teams struggling and a few of them really struggling so fix those first. I still don’t think they should EVER expand. I’d like to see a team in Seattle and QC and maybe a second team in or around TO but that’s last on my list. Plus if teams lose money now not making the playoffs that number will only increase with more teams missing the playoffs. Expanding the playoffs would be stupid cause they already last two months. I love the playoffs don’t get me wrong but they shouldn’t be any longer.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I agree with you on that, but expansion is a terrible idea!

      The NHL had the playoff format right with realignment. Each division 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. Best way to build close geographical rivalries. Also makes winning your division games much more important. The realignment also guarantees every city sees each team once. I don’t believe the Wild played Washington, never played here last year. Toronto (still an original 6 draw) never came to St. Paul during the Wild’s first 3 seasons. Winnipeg, the closest team to Minnesota wouldn’t (or won’t) be here this year. A year after the 2 games played started a rivalry that reminded everyone of the old Blackhawks/North Star rivalry

      • tmoore4075 - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        Oh I agree expansion is a bad idea. I was saying, not clearly reading it now, that with a handful of really struggling teams you could relocate to those markets of Seattle and QC if you wanted. Don’t go to 32. Never ever got to 32 unless you found a way for 28 of those 32 teams to have a player like Crosby, Ovie, Malkin, Datsyuk or Stamkos on them. There just simply is not enough talent imo.

        I liked the realignment plan too. It balanced things out pretty well. Sure it wasn’t perfect but neither is the current system. The West benefited greatly from it. A lot less travel, especially for teams in the middle like Detroit, CBJ, Chicago, Minny, St Louis and Nashville. Less crazy travel and more games in their time zones or one time zone over. Then playoff time it benefited the West too. If CBJ ever made the playoffs and had to play someone in Cali are fans gonna want to stay up? Now you wouldn’t have to worry about it. Winnipeg or Dallas would be the furthest and only 1 hour time difference. The East would have to travel more sure but getting Ovie, Stamkos and Sid and other big names in Minny like you said and especially in PHX and Dallas and Nashville and all the 16 Western Conf teams is a good thing. You want to market those guys it makes sense for everyone to be able to see them.

  4. t16rich - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I love you Pierre.

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I’m 90% sure this wasn’t Pierre McGuire. He didn’t spend all of his time on camera pleasuring a single Flyer with his words: dead giveaway.

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