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NHL Lockout: Latest Buzz Around NHL's Labor Strike

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Following the NHL Board of Governors meeting, Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League addresses the media at the Westin Times Square on December 5, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 8, 2012

Another day and still no NHL hockey.

As the days continue to pile up, hope continues to dwindle.

Here is the latest buzz around the labor strike.

 

Sidney Crosby next to play overseas?

 Sidney Crosby just wants to play hockey. After the latest failings of the labor dispute, Crosby is considering playing overseas, according to the Associated Press.

"I just want to play hockey," Crosby told reporters after an informal workout with some of his teammates on Friday morning. "As far as whatever option is best there, I'll start thinking of it a lot more because this stuff is getting ridiculous."

I'm not saying Crosby is more important than any other player in the league, but he is the face of the NHL, like it or not.

Maybe, just maybe, Crosby's latest threat, so to speak, will catapult the talks to the next level.

What would happen if he went and received another concussion? Shouldn't the NHL weigh that as a possibility? Would millions and millions of dollars be worth it in the end result?

Crosby could easily have another concussion, but it wouldn't look good at all if he had one overseas.

 

Patrick Kane apologizes to fans

The NHL lockout is having an impact on players, coaches, team workers, arena workers, local businesses and, most importantly, fans. Without the fans there would be no hockey.

Patrick Kane realizes this lockout is hard on the fans and he is apologizing:

I guess for the fans back in North America, we want to say we're sorry this lockout stuff is going on. It's tough on all of us. The players I know, as fans it's tough for you guys, too. We're hoping it gets done quick and can play in front of you guys again. Hopefully you guys come back once the game does start. We appreciate the patience and hopefully we'll see you soon.

Kane is currently playing in Switzerland.

Rebuilding the game of hockey after one lockout was difficult, but a second will be harder. If fans are lucky, the league can start to do things the correct way sooner rather than later.

 

Deal is getting closer?

For what it's worth, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has been on the record that there will be hockey played this season. He hasn't gone away from his words, and he believes that the deal is getting closer.

Yes, I still do think a deal will be reached sooner rather than later, and there will be a season. Let’s get that out of the way first.

For all the drama that played out this week, lost in the theatrics was this little fact: the NHL and NHLPA got much closer on an agreement.

Whether or not the emotion gets in the way of a deal, well, that I can’t predict. But purely from a framework basis, this deal is nearly there.

We have pretty much heard it all, but LeBrun going out on a limb and staying there does give fans some hope going forward.

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