Threat of lockout casts dark shadow over NHL

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2012 - 1:01 AM

Wild coaches and players might be preparing for business as usual, but they know that Sept. 15 could become an infamous date.

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cuso26Sep. 2, 12 8:21 PM

It would be just this area's sports luck for the most exciting season in the franchise's history to get sidelined because of monetary bickering.

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april24Sep. 2, 1211:01 PM

Nothing shocks me with the NHL anymore. They are in such a good position finally and they are going to screw it up. The players proposal was legit and the owners just blew it off. I hate to say it but the players need to realize that they really don't have any say. They are not partners with the owners. They owners have made that clear. They view them as employees. Until the players back down there will not be hockey. What scares me is that they think that because they're unified,e tc...that they can break the owners. That won't happen. The fans will suffer as well as all of the people who make a living off of the games. The little guy gets screwed again.

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myblunderSep. 2, 1211:31 PM

As much as I am craving a full season, look on the bright side. The Wild have so many young players that a lockout could give them more time to develop in Europe, Russia etc. I repeat, I am really hoping for the CBA to pass but a lockout could benefit the team more than it would for most other teams in the league.

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medvezhonokSep. 3, 12 8:12 AM

Stop Already with the I Want More Money comedy. I haven't watched HHL hockey in years and have only been to 2 wild games. I do not go to football either becuase of these overpriced prima donna's Give my the University sports over the money offended pro blather we have to deal with. Maybe they have forgotten their fan base which I think the average yearly wage might be around $100,000

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minneg56Sep. 3, 12 9:19 AM

No talks have been scheduled ...? That's an interesting coincidence -I haven't scheduled any dollars out of my household to watch NHL this season either! Both labor and management might as well just run a public service ad stating they really don't care about their fan base. They could 'add to the ad' they'd prefer the fans just send their money in without playing the games. Hey- NHL is still a niche sport in many areas. Markets like MN, Toronto, Detroit etc. can count on their fans coming back -eventually. Phoenix, Nashville, Fla. & other 'hanger on-ers' in ACTUAL 'butts in seats'(not paid) attendance? Good luck. The CBA might as well just outline a plan for contraction of bottom 6 -8 clubs in attendance right now. These clubs will likely have to fold anyway if there is no season. NHL is probably the most watered down product of ALL the professional sports. Maybe for the long term good of the league - they SHOULD contract the league and finally give the fans a major league product again (Original 6?).

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siouxchampSep. 3, 12 8:38 PM

In the Picture-is that a Christmas Sweater OR a Wild Jersey? Hard to tell. Awful isn't it?

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lakneeSep. 4, 1211:36 AM

ARRey sez: Yeah, that sweater is almost as ugly as the white one with the green ND on it!

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jabuyerSep. 4, 1211:37 AM

OK. It's September. I'm back to reading about hockey after my 1 month moratorium. And nothing's changed. Kind of disappointing. I heard somewhere (maybe here) that Lou Nanne says he's sure there will be a lockout because most of the NHL doesn't make a lot of their annual revenue for the first couple months, so it's no skin off their nose. How mercenary.

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elmore1Sep. 4, 12 3:53 PM

Where did the Manitoba Moose go? maybe they can come back to St Paul for some AHL action. Cool jerseys!

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iowamillerSep. 4, 1210:27 PM

It's great that the players are unified, it's great that they are all tweeting about the you tube video. But it's too bad that then they post the "It's not about the money it's about the moments" view, that they obviously don't mean it! Not that I agree with the owners either. Honestly I just want to watch hockey, and will do so with the AHL and College and watching my son's team. But as soon as the Wild step back on the ice, I will be there!

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