Saturday's Dump & Chase: Can Bubba Save Hockey?

Mitchell Layton

You know the air is getting thin in NHL circles when people start grasping for solutions to the Lockout in the unlikeliest of places. This morning's around-the-league notes begin with one such article, which goes so far as to speculate with President Bill Clinton might provide the solution to this impasse...

Nashville Predators News

Without Predators on ice, Nashville bars, hotels fear a long winter - Nashville Business Journal
The businesses downtown are starting to feel the impact of this lockout. I know I almost never make the trip into Nashville unless it's for a Preds game.

Also, the Preds have posted their video of Tuesday's night's Smashmob event:


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Is Flyers' Snider helping thaw NHL talks? - Philly.com
There's a lot of speculation in here, the most interesting of which would have a former U.S. President mediate the CBA negotiations.

NHL Lockout: Why do billionaires keep buying teams that lose money? | Edmonton Journal
An outstanding example here of why I have a hard time believing NHL teams when they claim to be losing money.

Charts obtained by Star Tribune show how far apart NHL believes it is from NHLPA | StarTribune.com
According to this report, the players are still asking for a guaranteed amount of money ($1.9 billion) this season, despite the prospect of a shortened season. No wonder this is going nowhere.

NHL fan writes Donald Fehr letter; Donald Fehr wrote him back | Puck Daddy
Marginally more effective than an angry blog comment, perhaps?

How to Give Up | Backhand Shelf
A sobering link between Blake Geoffrion and his great-grandfather is made here.

Selanne Likely To Retire If Season Is Cancelled - Anaheim Calling
How many other prominent graybeards might do the same?

Players vs. Police for Winnipeg Charity- NHLPA
Shea Weber & Chris Mason will represent the Preds in a charity game.

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