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Lightning beat writer Damian Cristodero poses the question of the day:

Where are the pressure points that will create the urgency to get a deal done?

For the players, the longer the lockout, the more the pressure, especially for those on the low end of the escrow checks.

For the owners, maybe it is Thanksgiving, when ticket sales, and corresponding concession and merchandise sales, usually pick up. Perhaps it is the approach of the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, which produces the season's highest television ratings.

That said, teams already are issuing refunds for canceled preseason games, and missed regular-season games likely means adjustments to local television, advertising and sponsorship deals. So, in the short term, maybe there is more pressure on the owners, especially if, as some predict, moderates who want a season played join forces against hard-liners.

Talk about grasping at straws. 

Both Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have shown they're not afraid to hold the line during labor negotiations while an entire regular season goes by the wayside.  To suggest either man will cave in to outside pressure as the lockout drags on is a stretch, to say the least. 

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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.

Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.