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Patrick Kane is rather zen about labor negotiations

Oct 20, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

Patrick Kane AP

We’ve gotten plenty of grumpy words from some of the players regarding labor negotiations. Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Zach Parise have spoken their mind brashly while Ryan Miller had more of an optimistic approach.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane is going in a bit of a different direction as he tells Tracey Myers of Instead of fire and brimstone or positive talk, he’s going the zen route.

“It’s to be expected. It’s not going to be one of those things where, after an offer, we’re going to lay down or after our proposal they’re going to lay down,” Patrick Kane said. “But you still have to look at the positive. Something’s out there; something’s being worked on to be negotiated. You can’t get too up and down in this process.”

That kind of take from Kane reminds me of Dave “Killer” Carlson in “Slap Shot” when he becomes a zen-master of his own kind at the end of the film.

Still, seeing a reasonable approach from guys like Kane while others get caught up in the heated war of words helps make the process of getting this figured out a bit more bearable. Level-headed talk is what will get a deal done.

  1. id4joey - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Perhaps some of the fans here can benefit from being a little zen. There is so much anger and derogatory comments being made that you’d think we were at a presidential debate. It is not likely that the season will be lost. The owners and players are not dealing with the same issues as they did in 04/05. The game was broken back then. Not the case now, there is too much money to be lost for both sides.

    • bcsteele - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      While you may have a point, and fans aside, what about the people that depend on these games for a living other than the NHLPA and the NHL owners? I think they have every right to be irate…

  2. id4joey - Oct 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    bcsteele, you are absolutely correct. They are the true victims in this mess. They will suffer most of all. Sad indeed.

  3. atfinch1984 - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    The crow flies at midnight.

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