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Lamoriello on ending lockout: “Lock them in a room until they reach a verdict”

Oct 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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On Wednesday, Lou Lamoriello offered a solution to end the work stoppage.

“Maybe we should do like they do with juries,” the Devils GM told the New York Post. “Lock them in a room until they reach a verdict.”

Lamoriello’s comments reflect the bleak outlook for a full 82-game regular season. At this point, locking the two parties in a room (and possibly throwing away the key) might be the only way to kickstart negotiations.

With the deadline looming, neither side seems to want to make the first move — and Lamoriello acknowledged the optics are bad.

“There is nothing that looks good until there is a deal,” he told the the Star-Ledger. “It doesn’t look good because we don’t have anything concrete right now. We don’t hear anything.”

One interesting wrinkle: Lamoriello clammed up when the subject of last weekend’s 48-hour window for GMs to speak with players was raised.

The NHL allowed the window to be opened so questions could be answered about the league’s 50-50 revenue sharing proposal, but Lamoriello refused to say if he met with any Devils.

“Don’t even go there,” he repeated several times.

  1. trick9 - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Got to agree with him on this one.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Preach Lou

  3. vindicatus - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Listen to Lou. He is the best GM in all of sports for a reason.

    • hockeydon10 - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Agree with first sentence.

      Not so much with the second sentence.

    • sneeko - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Ken Holland would like a word with you.

  4. mmchugh619 - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Not a big Lou fan (I’m from Philly) but hit got this one right. Glad to hear some upper management final starting to raise some questions about the NHL is trying to do here.

  5. id4joey - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Why would Lou come out and say what he said at this juncture? We all know this is a smart man speaking. What is the motive?

    • solador78 - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Maybe the Devils are tired of suits from Delaware North, Global Spectrum, and Bell calling all of the shots.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        Nice advice Lou, however, since your boss Vanderbeek is one of the cabal of broke ass owners (including Phoenix and Nashville et al) holding these negotiations hostage, perhaps you should just STFU on this one bud.

      • mpg44 - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        Broad street … As in the the flyers ?? I think you should take your advice!!

  6. broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Why’s that mpg44, Don’t like the truth?

  7. mpg44 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    No , Snyder has quite a hand in the circus going on right now . So since he is so prominent in this mess , you shouldn’t be throwing stones at anyone right now !

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      The only ones holding the season hostage are the bottom 6-7 teams who are unable and unwilling to payout the contracts that they signed. If you know anything about Ed Snider than you know he doesn’t rely on a sports team to make his money(even though the Flyers are highly profitable). This whole mess was caused by guys like Lou’s boss who signed Kovalchuk to a contract they couldn’t afford. The same could be applied to Phoenix, Nashville and others.

      • mpg44 - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        That’s a load of bs . Snider wants this lockout more then anybody cause he is a greedy old bastard who wants more money. You do know full well that he is one roof the right that is controlling the vote towards a lockout.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        mpg44, Ed Snider can payout the contracts his players sign. Jeff Vanderbeek, and Tom Ciggaran cannot.

        Do the facts get in the way of your thinking much?

  8. capsrockva - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    just get the GD thing done this is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the ones who suffer the most are the fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • footballfan - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      The big issue with your statement is if they keep this up there are not going to be many fans left to suffer!! The casual fans are already being lost to basketball.

      • mpg44 - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        Completely agree …. And with each passing day they are also pissing off a lot of diehards that are not going to spend money on them anymore. We need a debt clock that runs backwards from 3.3 billion to zero . Cause that’s what they are goin to have left after all of this!!

  9. mclovinhockey - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I’ve said that since the finals ended, Gary has every right to do this yet he lets the owners run the league themselves.
    Just lock them in room for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week till they figure it out.

  10. blomfeld - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Bettman & the owners are the “judge, jury and executioner” in this affair and the players are essentially the “accused” … therefore the notion of sequestering these people is “idiotic” to say the least …

  11. broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    mpg44-Ed Snider is capable of paying out the contracts he signs. Jeff Vanderbeek and Tom Ciggaran cannot.

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