CHESTERFIELD, Mo. In New York, hockey's power brokers returned to the bargaining table. Here, some St. Louis Blues players wonder what the heck is taking so long.
"Both sides realize the damage that has been done to the game," Blues winger Andy McDonald said. "It's imperative that we get a deal done sooner rather than later."
In New York, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joined NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr to try to hammer out a deal to end a 52-day lockout. Here, some Blues players joined teammates for a morning skate at a suburban St. Louis rink to prepare for when this nightmare ends.
"You try to block it out of your mind going forward," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. "Yeah, this is a part of the business that none of the guys enjoy."
There's business and there's the headache that comes with it. Tuesday was a mixed-bag moment for life in CBA purgatory. NHL and NHLPA bigwigs met for a second negotiation session in four days, but Blues players carried on like they ...