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Khan reports that half the Red Wings’ team will attend today and Thursday’s NHLPA meetings in NYC

This is pretty remarkable given the situation: according to MLive's Ansar Khan, half of the Red Wings' roster will be attending the NHLPA's meetings in New York, NY today and tomorrow:

More than 300 players are expected to attend the NHLPA meetings, including at least 13 Detroit Red Wings.

“I think it just shows guys want to be informed,'' Niklas Kronwall, Detroit's player representative, said. “Guys want to know what's going on, what's the latest, what we can expect the next few days, any new ideas that we can brainstorm around, and just hear what other guys have to say.''

With the NHL seemingly set to follow the NFL and NBA's models of "lockouts as a matter of collective bargaining course," just about every Wing who's been taking part in the informal practices at Joe Louis Arena expects the Red Wings to lock the doors starting at 11:59 PM EDT this Saturday...

“I personally think it's not going to be a whole season. I don't think we can have that,'' Drew Miller said. “As of right now, it's looking like there won't be a start on time, but you never know. Things can change between (Saturday) and when we report for camp.''

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“We’re still trying to keep our spirits and hopes up,'' Kronwall said. “We have to keep preparing ourselves for the start of training camp. In our minds, we’re set on going to training camp just like normal and try to have these other things not bother us too much.''

But as Khan notes, the Board of Governors will be meeting on Thursday in New York, and it's expected that they'll vote to lock the players out. As such...

Asked if he was disappointed in the lack of progress toward a new CBA, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said: “It's just the nature of the beast. In the end, especially talking to the players in here, we just want to play. Hopefully, we can get a deal done that's fair for both sides.''

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“So far, they want us to do all the work. Right now, they're not doing anything,'' [Henrik] Zetterberg said. “They want us to give up a lot of concessions right away, on contracts that have already been signed. We're ready to give up concessions in the future, but not on what we've already made. But we want them to do something, too. We can't do everything, like we did in '04.''

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Stuff like this is why I think there are only two options with regards to a resolution.  It will either happen immediately, or it’s not going to happen for at least one full season.

At least.

I am about as sure as I can be that the Owners are completely willing to throw the entire 12-13 season under the bus.  They get 200 mil from NBC either way.  I am not as sure that they are willing to throw the 13-14 season under the bus as well.  That’s a lot of empty venue time for a lot of rich guys who own a lot of stadiums.

If Fehr really wants to ‘win’ this thing (in quotes because, really, nobody wins) then he’s going to get players on board with the idea that the NHL is gone for 16 months, minimum.  And God help us all, but we already know that even crappy NHLPA leaders can get the players to sit out a full year.

That’s this regular season, which doesn’t make the owners a lot of money.  A few Winter Classic games, which do make the NHL a lot of money, a playoff season which makes Owners a lot of money, all the way through to NEXT year’s Winter Classic.

In order to get the Owners to buckle that is what Fehr has to threaten the NHL with.

16 months.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/12/12 at 04:57 AM ET

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They get 200 mil from NBC either way.

People keep saying this as if it is a) free money, and b) a good thing.

If hockey continues to grow then the NHL would lose a lot more money in the last year of the NBC deal by giving NBC their product essentially for free.

Not to mention that NBC just cut a pretty big deal with the NHL to make the NHL essentially the flagship of NBC Sports, so does anyone think that NBC will be willing to just sit on the sidelines and twiddle their thumbs while giving the NHL $200M and getting nothing in return?

Posted by Garth on 09/12/12 at 10:28 AM ET

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Yes. Comcast and NBC Universal are now a partnership, and Flyers owner Ed Snider just happens to own Comcast. This was probably in the works for some time now.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/12/12 at 10:43 AM ET

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