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Duncan Keith says lockout is “embarrassing for everybody”

Oct 13, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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While the NHL and NHLPA take the weekend off to think about the mess they’ve gotten themselves into, Chicago’s Duncan Keith is sounding off.

The Blackhawks defenseman spoke with CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers and sounded a lot like a fan of the game in sharing his thoughts on the lockout.

“It’s just embarrassing for everybody,” said Keith. “There’s a lot of talk for the fans. They’re the ones who don’t have a voice and aren’t being heard in these negotiations. It’s tough on them, but it’s frustrating for players.”

We’re at the point in the lockout where winning a PR battle doesn’t make any sense. Regular season games are being lost and neither side is trying to compromise. Keith calling the situation “embarrassing” is as blunt as anyone has been about the situation. Sadly for everyone involved, he’s pretty much spot on.

As for whether he’s heading to Europe like many other players have done (over 130 at this point), he says he’s not thinking about doing that just yet.

  1. antkowiak666 - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    both sides need to swallow their pride and do what’s right for the game and for the sake of the fans.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Amen

  2. buffalo65 - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    So the Sabres can go ahead and win their cup.

    • valoisvipers - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Sabres could start by atleast making the playoffs first then they can try to win the cup.Sure hope there is a season this year but it’s looking pretty grim right now and if they are not playing by the first week of Dec then there will not be one because that is the half way mark to the season.

  3. erika29 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I don’t care how (rightfully) embarrassed they are or how they know it hurts the fans and the “little guy” who’s really losing money. Stop with the faux shame and sympathy and get a deal done!

  4. irokkit - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Thank you Duncan Keith!!!!

    It is embarrassing. I tried to explain my understanding if the situation to an 8 year old. How astonished (sarcastically implied) I was when his response was one word.

    WHY?

    When two sides of gigantic proportions of money and perceived power grumble about the need for money of mega-portions of money and power…it’s called megalomania. The NHL has succeeded at identifying itself as just that. And that is embarrassing!
    My name is Rokkit and I approve this message.

  5. jessejames182 - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    we should start a NHLFA (national hockey league fans association) and have our own lock out where we refuse to put up with this crap. anyone of us would play hockey at their salaries and be ecstatic.

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