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When he digs in, Engelmayer may see a charade

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08:22 AM ET 12.18 | As the lockout leans more heavily on the courts to plot the game's future, there are varying levels of hope that the courtrooms can help. The NHL's decision to file a pre-emptive lawsuit against the NHL Players' Association appears to be based on a desire to show the union that its plan to file a "disclaimer of interest" in order to allow the players to file antitrust suits against the league will fail. And I believe the union's plan will indeed fail because Judge Paul Engelmayer, the young but brilliant federal judge in New York City who has been assigned the case, will see right through the formality of the disclaimer of interest to the underlying substance of what it really is: just another negotiating tactic by a union whose death will have been greatly exaggerated.

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December 18, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Ah yes...NHL legend Paul Engelmayer!

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December 18, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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"the young but brilliant federal judge"The hell? Sportsnet knows this how, exactly? Do they send Kypreos to scout legal officials?

article written by the judge himself?

December 18, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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"the young but brilliant federal judge"The hell? Sportsnet knows this how, exactly? Do they send Kypreos to scout legal officials?

they have spies EVEYWHERE!!!

December 18, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Everyone think about this. This is the NHL right now. Blame whoever you want, but this is what the league is right now.

December 18, 2012  09:46 AM ET

guys, theres hope for you all, aparantly 51 is still young.

December 18, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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Everyone think about this. This is the NHL right now. Blame whoever you want, but this is what the league is right now.

This. ^^^^

The whole stinkin' pile of s hit.

December 18, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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guys, theres hope for you all, aparantly 51 is still young.

Don't rub it in. I've got socks older than that! :(

December 18, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Ah yes...NHL legend Paul Engelmayer!

Are they down to playing charades now? They should make it 'winner takes all' and ... get back to work!

December 18, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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Are they down to playing charades now? They should make it 'winner takes all' and ... get back to work!

give em each abilly club and let winner take all.

December 18, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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give em each a billy club and let winner take all.

Named after Mr. Smith?

December 18, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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Named after Mr. Smith?

especially in the crease

December 18, 2012  11:25 AM ET
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give em each abilly club and let winner take all.

Nope, I still say Thunderdome!

2 men enter, 1 man leaves... 2 men enter, 1 man leaves...

December 18, 2012  12:01 PM ET
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Nope, I still say Thunderdome!

2 men enter, 1 man leaves... 2 men enter, 1 man leaves...

Might I suggest we tweek that just a bit?

2 men enter, NOBODY leaves!

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December 18, 2012  12:26 PM ET
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Might I suggest we tweek that just a bit?2 men enter, NOBODY leaves!

2 men enter, lock the door and throw away the key!

December 18, 2012  12:46 PM ET
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Nope, I still say Thunderdome!2 men enter, 1 man leaves... 2 men enter, 1 man leaves...

sounds like backstage at a Justin Beiber show

December 18, 2012  01:27 PM ET
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Nope, I still say Thunderdome!2 men enter, 1 man leaves... 2 men enter, 1 man leaves...

Thunderdome may not be such a bad idea considering how really ridiculous the negotiations have been so far.

December 18, 2012  01:44 PM ET
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sounds like backstage at a Justin Beiber show

Ha Ha - my middle teenaged Daughter would be appalled at such heresy. She is a crazed belieber. Thank the dear Lord for head phones and ear buds.

 
December 18, 2012  01:57 PM ET
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Ha Ha - my middle teenaged Daughter would be appalled at such heresy. She is a crazed belieber. Thank the dear Lord for head phones and ear buds.

right...just like all the women of another age were so appalled when it suggested Ricky Martin was "Livin' La Vida Pato" (NYers know what that means)

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