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Report: NHL coaches, GMs preparing for possible season

Jan 5, 2013, 11:02 PM EST

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We still don’t know if there will even be a 2013 season, but the lockout negotiations are slowly progressing and teams need to be ready to move quickly in case an agreement is reached.

With that in mind, many coaching staffs are returning to their cities of employment while some GMs head straight from watching the World Junior Championship to their offices, according to an Ottawa Sun report.

If all goes well with the negotiations, the regular season could start on Jan. 19 following about a week of training camp. Consequently, GMs that still need to sign players or make trades to finalize their rosters won’t have much time to act.

For example, the Montreal Canadiens’ PK Subban and the New York Rangers’ Michael Del Zotto are still restricted free agents. Then of course there’s the question of what the Vancouver Canucks will do with Roberto Luongo.

At the same time, coaches will have to get their players up to speed and on the same page. That task will be made especially difficult because the players will be at various stages of readiness depending on how they spent the lockout.

Still, for any of those challenges to matter in the short term, the league and union need to come to an agreement soon.

  1. jimw81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Lockout doesn’t end until Rob Lowe says so.

  2. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Or Joey and Bloomfield

  3. iamjimmyjack - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Get ur butts back to work kings. We have a cup to defend….

  4. whiteqbs - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    LOL! Good luck with that! Lucky, fluke year. Got hot at the right time, won’t happen again.

  5. northstars17 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Unfortunately, we won’t see hockey until next Fall… and THAT’S being optimistic! I’ve talked to many who’ve said it’s just not going to happen this season. This CBA is a lot further to being complete than what people have been lead to believe.

    Do you really think the NHL will settle the CBA dispute and start the season less than 2 weeks after what was supposed to be their biggest game of the year financially, the Winter Classic? Do you really believe the 2-3 MAJOR issues will be settled in just mere days? Let alone the other 4-5 issues that also need twists and tweaks… it’s just not going to happen.

    The NHL and NHLPA have made this interesting enough to follow, but boring enough to forget about for a while. Do you really believe its this difficult to come to an agreement, and they’re willing to lose and ENTIRE season of revenue because of it?

    They won’t officially cancel the season until the beggining of February, but everyone will know well before the. the gig is up. Remind you, the 04/05 lost season wasn’t officially cancelled until the middle of February. By then fans will only look forward to the upcoming return of hockey season, and the owners know the demand will be even higher. They know there is damage being done, but their going by history which shows increased fan support and sales after a major strike or lockout. Sorry to be the bearer of bars news but you already know this if you’ve been following this circus charade, or lack thereof should I say. But stay tuned… you might as well ride it out for one more week if you’ve been along for the ride these last 3 months!

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      You copy and pasted this same exact nonsense you posted like 3 days ago.

    • purp1234 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      why come here and pee in folks’ cereal? People on the site are generally positive and united in one thing…we want to believe that there will be a season for the sport we love. You’re like an atheist who is largely invisible all year but gets worked up at Christmas time just to get attention and try to ruin the day for others. You might be a realist…you might be right…but it costs me nothing to hope I’ll see NHL action this year, so I will.

    • stain67 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      Your sources suck…deal done.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Well DONT YOU LOOK STUPID

  6. northstars17 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Defending the cup is not any easy task. but that said LA has a better chance of defending the cup than Philly did… oh wait!

  7. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    northstars17: change your name to eeorr. And stop bringing me down. It took you 200 words to whine. Get off the site then, I’m a believer. It is going to end and soon!

  8. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Either way they are called The KINGS,

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Either way, you’re still stuck in the anus of the west coast, LA.

      • gnazarov - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        Lol, I’m born and raised in the city of L.A. and I’ve never heard a more accurate statement than that. L.A.’s a freakin dump full of d’bags and tools and is an okay place to live in until you travel to another city and you are able to compare. Then you realize what a freakin bowel movement of a city L.A. actually is.

  9. rich859 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Northstars sounds like the new Joey. He’s talked to people, seems legit.

  10. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Hey what happend to Joey and Bloomfield?

    • purp1234 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      if you put their names together and rearrange the letters, it comes out northstars17.

  11. northstars17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Bringing you down?? from what? what high.could you possibly be riding 112 days after the season was set to start?

    don’t like my comments, don’t read them. its that simple. Unlike Joey I actually have legitimate sources that have given me detailed outlines of what’s taking place. I am fed up with the leagues BS. All I’m trying to do is save you the let down you’re in for. and by the looks of it, you’re in for a BIG one Mr. high hopes.

    I’m not here to say “see told ya so” as I’m obviously not even close to the only one who knows this isn’t happening…

    Heck, bring Joey back, at least he tell you guys what you want to hear right?

    • purp1234 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      legitimate sources….bwah-ha-ha. Oh, that’s rich. The pre-programmed voices on NHL 2013 do not count as “legitimate sources”.

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Joey makes more sense than you !

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      How’s your “legitimate sources looking now”?

      BAHAHHAHAHAHHA

      Im making this a favourite so I can cut and paste what you said in the future and post it again and again.

  12. northstars17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    and for CHRISTS sake… The season is ALREADY LOST! Quit acting like some magical deal will be made. We’ve sat here for 3 months and neither side will talk, now one week from D-Day the league acts like they care? give me a break!

    Do you not know that its going to be February 2013 in a few weeks??? repeat that to yourself a few times, then tell me you’re waiting for Hockey season to start….lol!

    I just pray that the NHL will actually start on time in Fall! THAT’S what you should be worrying about at this point! Any optimism left should be put forth in that direction and that direction only!

    • lasallehockey81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:56 AM

      Magical deal was made at 530am… Time to change your name

  13. ducksk - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Your sources vs mine? Mano a Mano . Bring it on. Maybe your still mad N stars left, wild suck or Vikings still will have an empty trophy case.

  14. pariseinminnesotabichez - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Wild > Kings

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      I’m no Kings fan but this is funny! The Wild are not better than the Kings, they’re not better than the Canucks actually there were 11 teams better than them in just the Western conference last season.

      Sorry but overpaying for a top 20 forward and a top 15 defenseman isn’t going to magically get them the 14 points they missed the playoffs by or the 30 missed winning the division by. But the good news is they’ll be overpaying these two good but not great players for years and years and years!

  15. rich859 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    All hail the man with “legitimate sources”. Who’s this impeccable source? Michael Bergeron? Nobody knows what’s going to happen, not you, your “sources” (the voices in your head), or myself. Odds are the players and owners don’t even know yet, or they would stop caring. People don’t care about sure things as much, hence, this is far from a sure thing. Hope for the best (NHL season), prepare for the worst (get tickets to the closest AHL/ECHL team).

  16. johnba24 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    I’ve already sent the Hurricanes a request for a refund. The only way to show your disapproval is to let them play to an empty house……

  17. ducksk - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Not done til signed and sealed. But headline of this story is true. I don’t care if we start in march with a 30 team playoff. I want to see the boyz go again. Sunshines bright up this hind end.

  18. jhuck92 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Let’s get one thing straight here, both sides are at fault. Now why couldn’t they have the same level of fervor when a full season was a possibility? Canceled games aside, the biggest problem I have is the pride showed by both sides, trying to outlast the other and not giving a damn about the fans or employees not on the NHL’s payroll. Only now are they actually trying to meet the last possible deadline to save the season. If they had this mindset back in September, I really doubt we would be scrambling to save the season right now.

    • purp1234 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      is a lockout or strike in professional sports different from work stoppages in other lines of work? When the teachers in my school district protested against a raise of 3% raise in an area where homes are being foreclosed…when they carried picket signs in front of intimidated students…did they care about their students or themselves? Those of us who would play the sport for free can’t appreciate this is a business for all involved.

  19. ducksk - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Bingo

  20. ron05342 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Tentative deal reached a few minutes ago.

    PHT is asleep, of course.

    • lasallehockey81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      That’s impossible. Northstars17’s “legitimate sources” said next season might even be a wash too. You’re telling me some random idiot on the Internet was wrong?? Welcome back!!

      • crambow - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:03 AM

        The good part is Joey and all his mults will switch up from ‘prediction mode’ to various forms of ‘told you so’ and ‘damage control’ modes depending on which user name is applicable but we’ll be too excited about the lockout ending to pay much mind to him arguing with himself.

    • sharksfan754 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:57 AM

      Ya they are but us die hards are still at it.. You see this Canada/Eastern/Northern US? There are legit hockey fans in the Bay Area who sacrifice sleep for good news and hope. The best league of the best sport is (tentatively) back!! I might even share a drink with a kings/ducks fan now, hell even bloomfeld

  21. mrhyperpants - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    Who would want Roberto Letingoals on there team. Know one is going to take that calamity donkey with his massive over payed contract.

  22. trick9 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    ”47 minutes ago

    @TSNBobMcKenzie: Lockout is tentatively over.”

    About time.

  23. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Northstars is, I would hope, feeling kinda stupid right about now. :D

  24. northstars17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    It was all a PR tactic. Insiders are telling me more than one of my comments was brought up during late night negotiations, thus putting MORE leverage on the PA’s side of bargaining.

    The league was furious the optimism was fading so quickly, and that helped the NHL move on a few issues sticking points.

    I’m not here looking for any rewards or accommodations, I just ask you to never forget my contributions as they played a major role in striking a deal over night. At least that’s what I’m being told. You’re welcome folks!

    Now… LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

    N

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