Found June 20, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
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As noted last night, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was more than a little bit snippy while speaking about imminent CBA negotiations as he exited a Board of Governors meeting, but it was heartening to hear players speak in optimistic tones about avoiding a “work stoppage” started by the NHL. This afternoon, Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika frames his take on pre-CBA negotiation bluster incredibly accurately by suggesting that, until both the NHL and PA actually sit down with each other, we should reserve judgment regarding optimism or pessimism, but I still think that it’s at least something of a relief that several NHL Awards finalists told Cotsonika that there’s simply no point in killing the golden goose for the second time in eight years: “There’s preparation going on on both sides obviously,” said St. Louis Blues captain David Backes. “You’d be dumb if you weren’t [preparing]. But the fact that it’s not spewed all over Twitter and social media and everywhere, I think that’s a
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