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Wings' forward says lockout could last more than a year

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08:27 AM ET 09.25 | In the case of the lockout, Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary is not a glass-half-full kind of guy. [Cleary warned Monday] that the lockout that is threatening the start of the NHL season might linger on and on. "I think people don't think it can go a year," Cleary said after several Wings held an independent skate at Troy Sports Center. "As players, we think it can. Maybe longer." ... "Just trying to be realistic," Cleary said. "I think the league is waiting for us to make the move, and we're waiting for them to move. So someone has to move. And I don't see it coming from our end. We've given them a couple of good options that they can work with, and they, obviously, feel it's not good enough. We're at a stalemate."

Detroit Free Press

Mike Babcock, Icon Sports Mike Babcock, Icon Sports
September 25, 2012  08:33 AM ET

if the lockout last more than a year, then new fans south of the Mason/Dixon will not be around for the comeback....what a shame......will be hard to fill arenas with no fan base....borderline teams will fold........go figure...

September 25, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

if the lockout last more than a year, then new fans south of the Mason/Dixon will not be around for the comeback....what a shame......will be hard to fill arenas with no fan base....borderline teams will fold........go figure...

Maybe this will give Bettman the chance he needs to make this a six team league again.

September 25, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe this will give Bettman the chance he needs to make this a six team league again.

as a Pred supporter, would hate to see this happen....but, its a great game and would watch northern teams play on TV....at least they would put the best six teams on ice everygame....quality of play goes a long way......

September 25, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Silly attitude. The longer this goes on the more likely it is for fans to drift away from the weaker franchises and for those franchises to fold. Fewer teams means fewer jobs for the members of the PA. If that's what they want then they are well on their way to accomplishing a reduction in jpbs. BTW, I have no admiration for any of the owners either

September 25, 2012  09:11 AM ET

well this is just an idiotic piece....
"The world may end, it may not...but I'm just saying it could"....stupid

September 25, 2012  09:20 AM ET

I don't think there's going to be too many hockey fans who are going to find it difficult to find something else to do if hockey isn't being played this winter.

September 25, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

if the lockout last more than a year, then new fans south of the Mason/Dixon will not be around for the comeback....what a shame......will be hard to fill arenas with no fan base....borderline teams will fold........go figure...

I resemble that remark! I live north of the Mason/Dixon line and I know I won't be back if it goes beyond Christmas. The hell with them!

September 25, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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I don't think there's going to be too many hockey fans who are going to find it difficult to find something else to do if hockey isn't being played this winter.

Quite true. As mentioned before there ARE other leagues and games to watch played by guys with a lot of talent in the AHL, junior hockey, the ECHL, collegiate hockey etc. Tickets cost less than a week's salary. This stoppage means I'll waste less money on NHL tix this year.

The most annoying thing to me is that both parties knew for years exactly when this CBA was ending and began really working on it in August of this year. Wow. Way to plan. And the NHLPA wanted a 4 year deal? How stupid. Why not just get weekly deals so that we caould watch work stoppage and lock outs at least 7 or 8 times per season.

September 25, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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as a Pred supporter, would hate to see this happen....but, its a great game and would watch northern teams play on TV....at least they would put the best six teams on ice everygame....quality of play goes a long way......

If it's any comfort to you Preds supporters, I'm thoroughly enjoying the Wild paying Suter and Parise over $6 mill each for doing nothing! I love it!

September 25, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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I don't think there's going to be too many hockey fans who are going to find it difficult to find something else to do if hockey isn't being played this winter.

will be heading to the emerald coast quite a bit this winter....ice hockey....nah, surf fishing and cold beer...........

September 25, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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If it's any comfort to you Preds supporters, I'm thoroughly enjoying the Wild paying Suter and Parise over $6 mill each for doing nothing! I love it!

Trust me, Preds fans have forgotten about Suter........we hated Leipold from the start........so together they can ice fish this winter............

September 25, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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well this is just an idiotic piece...."The world may end, it may not...but I'm just saying it could"....stupid

world will end.....according to the Mayans.......don't buy season tickets yet............

September 25, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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world will end.....according to the Mayans.......don't buy season tickets yet............

I'm not. Like I said, I'm waiting till Christmas and .... that's it.

September 25, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

well this is just an idiotic piece...."The world may end, it may not...but I'm just saying it could"....stupid

Holy crap, what!? I have to go home and build a shelter!!!

September 25, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

if the lockout last more than a year, then new fans south of the Mason/Dixon will not be around for the comeback....what a shame......will be hard to fill arenas with no fan base....borderline teams will fold........go figure...

wait?

Are you referring to those Summer toothed, white trailer trash NASCAR wannabe's?

September 25, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Silly attitude. The longer this goes on the more likely it is for fans to drift away from the weaker franchises and for those franchises to fold. Fewer teams means fewer jobs for the members of the PA. If that's what they want then they are well on their way to accomplishing a reduction in jpbs. BTW, I have no admiration for any of the owners either

but a better less diluted product, no?

addition by subraction

September 25, 2012  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I don't think there's going to be too many hockey fans who are going to find it difficult to find something else to do if hockey isn't being played this winter.

Hey its only Tuesday and the wife and I already did the horizontal monkey dance 3 x's this week :)

September 25, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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will be heading to the emerald coast quite a bit this winter....ice hockey....nah, surf fishing and cold beer...........

Whats the emerald coast?

September 25, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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Holy crap, what!? I have to go home and build a shelter!!!

Buy gold, cannned beans and stock pile ammo

 
September 25, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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Whats the emerald coast?

Florida panhandle.......sunshine, white sand and cold beer........

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