By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor
After four days off, the NHL and NHLPA will resume talks to negotiate the current NHL lockout. The agenda and location are yet to be determined, which is not a good sign.
Any hope of hockey being played in October is fading fast. Games up until October 24 are cancelled and, if a deal isn’t struck soon, the whole season could be cancelled.
The last thing the league wants to do is cancel the Winter Classic, which brings in revenue and publicity. Among the Red Wings overseas, are Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Jakub Kindl and most recently, Cory Emmerton. Emmerton signed a lockout contract with SaiPa of SM-liiga in Finland. Defenseman Kyle Quincey is not joining them, but did sign a lockout contract with the Denver Cuththroats of the Central Hockey League.
He became the ninth player to head overseas during the lockout. Valtteri Filppula is the first Red Wing to be injured while playing overseas. In their last game, he was out with an upper body injury indefinitely, but the team did not elaborate on the extent of the injury.
Among the players staying are skating at the Troy Sports Center, include Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader.
October 12 was the first day the Red Wings were supposed to open up the regular season against the Nashville Predators. If a deal isn’t struck within the next few weeks, more and more minor league games will see their revenue rise because of the lockout.
To read the original article that appeared in the sixth issue of The Michigan Journal, on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, go to www.michiganjournal.org