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2013 Predictions

from Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated,

...we've been asked to make 10 fearless predictions for 2013. This, of course, assumes that an NHL season of some kind will happen at some point in the calendar year.

So, here we go:

Either Donald Fehr or Gary Bettman won't remain at his current job -- Odds are, Fehr will be the one to go. He's 63, after all, and has spoken of his presumed short shelf life as director of the NHL Players Association. The odds have also grown slim on him getting anything resembling a great deal for his clients in the next CBA. The NHL outfoxed him with its preemptive lawsuit in a Manhattan Federal court on December 14 -- gaining the home court advantage the NBA (under the same lockout law firm, Proskauer Rose) had in its lockout in 2011....

The NHL will expand by two teams -- The thinking on this is easy to discern: with the loss of revenue that owners will suffer this season, getting two new teams in -- with lucrative expansion-fee money -- will offset most or all of it....

Claude Lemieux will become a major player on the agent scene -- In 2011, the 4Sports player agency hired the four-time Stanley Cup-winner. In a surprise to nobody who knows the hard-driving son of a Buckingham, Quebec, truck driver, Lemieux has already started attracting numerous clients to his stable....

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If Dater were any kind of reporter, he’d know Fehr has already said he’d retire at the end of this negotiation. Some fearless prediction.

Anyway, shouldn’t he wait to see how this all shakes out before confidently asserting that the league’s lawsuit outfoxed the PA?

Posted by YouppiKiYay on 12/27/12 at 01:12 PM ET

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The mindblowing thing is Dater actually gets paid to write. Amazing.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 12/27/12 at 01:33 PM ET

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What I believe is Dater writes for the casual NHL fan. Most of us have heard D. Fehr will be replaced by S. Fehr when the time is right and I have even posted that information on KK, probably a few times.

What Dater does is writes about it, hoping the readers don’t know about it, then when it happens, he reflects back upon it and his reputation grows.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/27/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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What Dater does is writes about it, hoping the readers don’t know about it, then when it happens, he reflects back upon it and his reputation grows.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/27/12 at 02:02 PM ET

Yep. If there’s one thing Adrian Dater absolutely LOVES to report on, it’s Adrian Dater.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/27/12 at 02:23 PM ET

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  ” Lemieux has already started attracting numerous clients to his stable.”

There is a turtle joke in there somewhere, I am certain of it.

Posted by dougie on 12/27/12 at 04:25 PM ET

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7. Claude Lemieux will become a major player on the agent scene

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/news/20121227/my-hockey-predictions-2013/#ixzz2GNAvMoaE

I think Dater’s legs just squeezed his balls a little tighter.  Ugh…

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 12/28/12 at 01:33 PM ET

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