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by George Malik on 12/07/12 at 05:39 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, Jimmy Howard and Danny Cleary spoke to ESPN's Craig Custance about the wackiness that happened on Thursday, and both spoke about experiences that fans have shared with them, at least viscerally speaking...
"It kind of made me sick to my stomach. It really did," Howard said. "This emotional roller coaster of getting excited, getting amped up -- it feels like the wind getting knocked out of you."
Cleary was getting text message updates from Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff, one of the group of players in New York trying to finalize a deal. Even those updates didn't prepare him for the unraveling that played out on the television screen in front of him.
"I was blown away. Everybody was, trust me," Cleary said. "The fans must be going insane. If you're a fan watching this unfold for the last 72 hours -- especially yesterday. What's going on here? Last night, the drama that unfolded was soap opera-ish."
So what happens now that, if you're a PA supporter, you believe Howard's suggestion that the NHL intentionally pulled the carpet out from under Fehr and the players, or, if you're leaning toward the owners, you believe that the players scuttled the ship by demanding to have Fehr in the room to sign off on the deal?
"We need to step back here a few days, take the weekend and hope cooler heads prevail," Cleary said. "This is too close to burn a season."
Continued, and amen.
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