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by George Malik on 09/11/12 at 05:07 PM ET
From WXYZ's Tom Leyden, Red Wings forward and likely captain-in-waiting Henrik Zetterberg is heading to tomorrow's NHLPA meetings in New York, and Zetterberg is more or less resigned to the fact that his current employer will be locking him out of Joe Louis Arena come Sunday:
"Right now it looks like it's going to be a lockout. Hopefully it will not be as long as '04," said Zetterberg. "I went through that, all the fans went through it. I don't think anything good came out of that. We've just got to find a way to get a fair deal and hopefully sooner rather than later."
Zetterberg will be among a group of nearly 300 players who travel to New York on Wednesday to meet with league executives in an effort to bridge the gap in negotiations.
"We in a group here talk about a lot of things, but it's good to see what other players on other teams think and actually meet them face-to-face," said Zetterberg. "Our contact's been really good all summer. All the info we've been getting has been good, but it's different to see them and talk to them face-to-face."
During the lost season of 2004-05, Zetterberg played in Sweden, but now, as a seasoned veteran in a position of leadership, he feels more compelled to help get the players back to work.
"I will stick around here in Detroit and hopefully help get a deal done," said Zetterberg. "But if it drags out to Christmas - no one wants to see that - but if that happens, you just have to regroup and start thinking if you want to go play somewhere. This is where I want to play so hopefully that won't happen."
Zetterberg's part of the NHLPA's negotiating committee, so he's going to be shuffling from Detroit to Toronto and New York for the next couple of months.
Given the cost involved in insuring player contracts and the uncertainty as to how long this lockout will last, I don't think we're going to see oodles of Wings players doing much other than practicing elsewhere--and when Wings fans find out where, I'd suggest that more than a few of us show up and let the players know how we feel about this lockout business, positively or negatively--but if Jimmy Devellano's promise to Howard Berger that it's, "Easy, very easy to cancel, believe me!" regarding a whole-season lockout comes true...
It'll be time to find quasi-legal streams of European hockey league play and cross our fingers that nobody gets hurt.
As for myself, I'm still battling this damned virus, but I'm going to try very hard to at least post a couple of times a day and get back to work as soon as I possibly can. I am very, very, very sorry for the inconveniences I've caused.
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