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08:19 AM ET 10.11 | Former NHL great Guy Lafleur doesn't have any problem with the threats from some European players that they might not return to the NHL when the lockout eventually ends. In fact, he sees a significant benefit for Canadians if the Europeans do stay home. "Let them stay there, it will make more room for players from Quebec and North Americans," Lafleur said Wednesday during a press conference announcing the construction of Place Guy Lafleur in his hometown of Thurso, Que. "As a supporter and former player, I do not care for players who want to stay in Europe. It's their choice." ... Lafleur also speculated that the lockout would drag into the new year. "We hope it will be settled before the holidays (but) I am very skeptical about it," he said.

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October 11, 2012  08:22 AM ET

The French Don Cherry?

October 11, 2012  09:14 AM ET

"Let them stay there, it will make more room for players from Quebec and North Americans," Lafleur said

wow, for Quebec AND North America? Thanks Guy

October 11, 2012  09:56 AM ET

I agree Guy, let them eat cake.

Maybe Joe Thornton will stay too.

October 11, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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I agree Guy, let them eat cake.Maybe Joe Thornton will stay too.

you aren't gonna get that lucky Hank

October 11, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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"Let them stay there, it will make more room for players from Quebec and North Americans," Lafleur said wow, for Quebec AND North America? Thanks Guy

I caught that hilarious gaff also......i wonder if his ears would have started bleeding if he had been forced to say "Canada?" The writer says Canadians, but Guy does not.

October 11, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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I caught that hilarious gaff also......i wonder if his ears would have started bleeding if he had been forced to say "Canada?" The writer says Canadians, but Guy does not.

Aren't you a Western Separatist?

October 11, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Aren't you a Western Separatist?

Absolutely NOT ! Anyone pursuing separation ,or division of the Country, should be tried for Treason...period.

October 11, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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Absolutely NOT ! Anyone pursuing separation ,or division of the Country, should be tried for Treason...period.

I can remember traveling through Quebec in a drunken stupor back in the late 80's maybe early 90's and getting a flat tire. Stopped in a shop to get the object out and get a plug put in; they wouldnt help us because we didnt speak french. My buddy was from Kingston and he went off---I had to separate him and the shop worker.......priceless

October 11, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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Absolutely NOT ! Anyone pursuing separation ,or division of the Country, should be tried for Treason...period.

Then why did Alberta have a King?

October 11, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Then why did Alberta have a King?

it was a Prince, and that was only in the can

October 11, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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Absolutely NOT ! Anyone pursuing separation ,or division of the Country, should be tried for Treason...period.

I think I agree with this. We have some similar, (though not nearly as large) issues down here too

October 11, 2012  11:18 AM ET
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I think I agree with this. We have some similar, (though not nearly as large) issues down here too

The problem you foster is "where do you say stop once you start?" Look at Africa or the former Soviet States. Smaller, and smaller nations, fractioned along racial ,and or belief system lines , now seperated by so many discriminatory borders that economic function is severely hampered.

October 11, 2012  11:59 AM ET
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I think I agree with this. We have some similar, (though not nearly as large) issues down here too

It gets any larger down here I'm gonna have to learn a second language.

October 11, 2012  12:07 PM ET
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It gets any larger down here I'm gonna have to get a second job in the adult industry.

Fixed

October 11, 2012  01:43 PM ET
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The problem you foster is "where do you say stop once you start?" Look at Africa or the former Soviet States. Smaller, and smaller nations, fractioned along racial ,and or belief system lines , now seperated by so many discriminatory borders that economic function is severely hampered.

Amen Harry. Our politicians (both sides) don't look at people as human beings. Everybody has to be segmented by race, sex, religion, ethnicity, physical characteristics, straight, gay, first language and on and on and on...........gets tiresome and breeds distrust and often hatred. Sad.

Personally, I distrust people based on what hockey team they root for. Good = Capitals;
Bad = Bruins, Canadiens, Rangers, Redwings, Flyers, Leafs etc. etc. Doesn't bother me a bit about any other demographic.

October 11, 2012  01:57 PM ET
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Amen Harry. Our politicians (both sides) don't look at people as human beings. Everybody has to be segmented by race, sex, religion, ethnicity, physical characteristics, straight, gay, first language and on and on and on...........gets tiresome and breeds distrust and often hatred. Sad.Personally, I distrust people based on what hockey team they root for. Good = Capitals; Bad = Bruins, Canadiens, Rangers, Redwings, Flyers, Leafs etc. etc. Doesn't bother me a bit about any other demographic.

I personally distrust anybody that does not like hockey.

I mean seriously what is not to like?

And I am so glad my computer accepts your sarcasm font because there isn't anything good about the Capitals....or at least after the playoffs start

October 11, 2012  01:57 PM ET

;)

October 11, 2012  02:04 PM ET
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................And I am so glad my computer accepts your sarcasm font because there isn't anything good about the Capitals....or at least after the playoffs start

I hate it when you're right.

October 11, 2012  02:06 PM ET
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I hate it when you're right.

It's ok the Bears open up at home next saturday

 
October 11, 2012  02:16 PM ET
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It's ok the Bears open up at home next saturday

I'm not positive yet but I might be there. A friend has tix. Might not make it Saturday, but I'll certainly be there very soon. I always enjoy the Giant Center and the Bears. Went to several games last season and hopefully will get to even more this year.

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