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Ex-NHLPA president predicts months-long shutdown

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08:29 AM ET 06.07 | The ticking clock that is the expiring CBA -- mark Sept. 15 on your calendars -- would have former NHLPA president Trevor Linden worried. "I would not be surprised to see a couple months go down," Linden told TEAM 1040 in Vancouver on Wednesday. "When you talk about ownership, especially in the States, they look at October and November as really tough months for them. They're dealing with Major League Baseball and the World Series (as well as) the NFL; so their season starts in December and works through January, February, March. If they're going to miss anything, they want to miss those months." ... "I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple months lost, but I would be surprised to see it go into December."

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June 7, 2012  08:53 AM ET

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June 7, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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pulled a kinger

June 7, 2012  09:10 AM ET

I would be all for losing a couple months if it meant Bettman getting fired. How could you have 2 consecutive lockouts and keep your job?

June 7, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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I would be all for losing a couple months if it meant Bettman getting fired. How could you have 2 consecutive lockouts and keep your job?

Exactly.

Bunch of aholes!

June 7, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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I would be all for losing a couple months if it meant Bettman getting fired. How could you have 2 consecutive lockouts and keep your job?

the proverbial horns of dilemma.
Would I want to see the little useless piece of garbage inefficient troll gone?
Absolutely
But losing 2 months of hockey and of credibility as a "real" sport?

June 7, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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I would be all for losing a couple months if it meant Bettman getting fired. How could you have 2 consecutive lockouts and keep your job?

I would ask how could he stoop that low but that would just open it up for short jokes

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June 7, 2012  09:34 AM ET

The NHLPA again is going to put the goal of winning a couple of extra dollars ahead of long term growth. When the league has some stability, begins to rake in big TV dollars and makes itself more popular in large areas of the US as well as Canada, the dollars will begin to flow unendingly into the players' wallets. Until then it makes no sense to threaten a work stoppage on every single issue. Realignment for example. Bettman........a jerk no argument. Fehr is even worse.

June 7, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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The NHLPA again is going to put the goal of winning a couple of extra dollars ahead of long term growth. When the league has some stability, begins to rake in big TV dollars and makes itself more popular in large areas of the US as well as Canada, the dollars will begin to flow unendingly into the players' wallets. Until then it makes no sense to threaten a work stoppage on every single issue. Realignment for example. Bettman........a jerk no argument. Fehr is even worse.

You are spot on here, but it's the american way....NOW NOW NOW....give me my money now.
No matter of the betterment of all, etc.
They need to sow some winter wheat here, and that is so far beyond anyone involved here

June 7, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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the proverbial horns of dilemma.Would I want to see the little useless piece of garbage inefficient troll gone?AbsolutelyBut losing 2 months of hockey and of credibility as a "real" sport?

Don't worry. Hockey won't ever take that title of not being a "real sport" over soccer. Sigh.

But I hear you. Gonna follow up a low-rated Final with a lock out? Fabulous!

June 7, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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No one is touching on the fact that Linden is just preemptively deflecting the blame for the union not being willing to compromise.

True, but he has a very valid point with the ADHD Americans and the competition with other sports for air time.

Kinda like why soccer was never huge in 'Merica till the immigration of the spanish......

June 7, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Hey maybe a lockout forces contraction; back to original 6

Lord knows the Habs and Leafs need a lift

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