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Opinions are all over the place about when the lockout will end

Oct 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Gary Bettman; Bill Daly; Bob Betterman AP

If there’s something the lack of talk between the owners and players causes, it’s plenty of speculation about the lockout and when (or if) it will end soon. As you might expect, opinions are all over the place from all types.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hears from labor experts in and around Pittsburgh who feel there’s finally a deal to be made between the two sides.

“We always say that when parties are using the same language, they are on opposite sides of the bridge, they can see where they want to go, and it’s just a matter of getting there,” said Emily Town, a Downtown lawyer with Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec.

Meanwhile, ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun heard from a team executive who says there will either be a deal done this week or the whole season will be wiped out.

Could things actually be “all or nothing” just like that? That depends on how negotiations go in the coming days or weeks.

  1. jessejames182 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I’m just a fan, I can’t pretend to truly grasp the lockout or how to form a CBA. I do spend my money to watch the games, to wear their jerseys, and to own stuff that has my teams name on it. And now I just feel like an idiot, I’m reading about revenue % instead of power play %, about GAA, and bloated predictions off of two weeks of play. I can’t really argue to my friends that soccer sucks and hockey rules when no one is playing hockey. Two steps back, and the momentum all but gone.

  2. ducksk - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    jessejames182. You speak the truth. Right on!

    • blomfeld - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Jessejames182 & Ducksk …

      Please “stand down” friends from your fears ! An agreement will be announced shortly between November 5-10 and the season will commence approximately 10-14 days thereafter … and when it does, don’t forget that Blomfeld told you so ! :)

      • ryan02190 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        I hope your right but I know your wrong.

  3. gbsoccer6 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Hey, did the hockey season start? Or are we still in the lockout? Its hard to tell since no one in a America cares!!

    • blomfeld - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      “since no one in “a” America cares” ? …

      That may be true, however we don’t care about what they think in Central or South America. We only care about what they think in “North” America ! … and I for one say that people “do” care here … if fact they care very much !

    • id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      No one in America cares… Are you serious? Seems they care enough to spend 3.3.billion dollars worth of interest…

  4. dlk75150 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I guess if we didn’t care we wouldn’t be posting. I do know this, mike modano said the season lost was one of the biggest mistakes of his career. That being said if this season is lost my season tickets are done and it will probably take until the next CBa to spark my interest again only to have another lockout!

  5. id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Modano’s words did not go unheard no doubt. Heard loud and clear by the players I’m sure. Now it’s about giving back as little as possible. We should not turn our backs on the NHL unless they cancel the season, an I truly believe they won’t because of the projected revenue to be earned this year. No one involved in this conflict is in it to loose all that money.

  6. id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    bloomfeld, I’m betting the deal will done this week or at the latest early next week.

  7. fortwaynekomets - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    I agree with the last guy, Pierre Lebrum or whatever his name is. if they don’t come to an agreement in a week, expect the entire season to be canceled as punishment to the NHLPA.

    In my opinion, if they don’t get the deal done now, then why would it be ready by Dec 5th? that was the date JR predicted. But I think they won’t want to embarrass themselves by doing a half season for some reason.

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