Friday's Dump & Chase: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Bruce Bennett

After encouraging progress in CBA negotiations was made earlier this week, Thursday saw a darkening of the mood. Either both sides intend to push these talks up to the last possible moment, or are comfortable cancelling the entire season.

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators' payroll in good shape for 2013-14 | The Tennessean
Many teams would be forced to exercise the compliance buyout option to meet the proposed 2013-2014 salary cap of $60 million, but the Preds are probably OK.

Admirals Torpedo Wolves 4-3 | Jerseys and Hockey Love
Longtime hockey blogger James "Tapeleg" Gralian is taking a hockey road trip, and happened to catch last night's Milwaukee/Chicago game. This is a fun read that's delightfully free of NHL lockout nonsense.

Admirals Complete Comeback Against Wolves | Admirals Roundtable
For a more conventional game recap, Sutty's got you covered.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Deal in days or it's over: source - Winnipeg Free Press
We're about a week away from Gary Bettman scratching the season, according to this report.

Talks going from embarrassing to worse - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun opens up a can of whoop-ass on the two sides for this ridiculous farce.

A wasted day in NHL labour talks | Hockey | CBC Sports
No wonder the players are voting again to give their executive committee authority to file a disclaimer of interest, they apparently need that threat in order to get progress out of the NHL.

NHL labor talks haunted by mistrust | Red Light -
Did the owners backtrack on previously agreed-to items regarding Hockey Related Revenue?

Grange on CBA: The bottom line is the floor -
It may not be the cap that's the big issue... but rather the floor.

Why the NHL’s push for a variance limit matters - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle details the battle over cap circumventing contracts.

World junior championship: Racial tinge to social media slams of Canada goalie Malcolm Subban - Buzzing The Net
Twitter: putting the scum of the earth on public display since 2006.

Jeff Vanderbeek Now Fully Owns the New Jersey Devils - In Lou We Trust
A cloud hung over the Devils for all of last season, but a deal has been struck to rework the team's debt.

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