The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson spoke to player agent Steve Bartlett about the owners' lockout's probable duration, and Bartlett suggested that the lockout will be a short one:
“My gut tells me this is going to weeks we’re out, not months,” said Bartlett, who also represented Doug Weight, former captain of the Edmonton Oilers. “I think the tipping point is (the American) Thanksgiving. That’s six weeks or so after the season (is supposed to start).”
It’s also when HBO would start filming the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the lead-up to the Jan. 1, 2013, Winter Classic at the University of Michigan stadium. HBO’s hugely popular 24/7 series involves the cameras getting up close and very personal with players — on and off the ice — to promote the outdoor game, which is the NHL’s eye candy for advertisers. It’s the one event they can trot out to sports fans, but not necessarily hockey fans.
As a player agent, Bartlett sees no hypocrisy in tea