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

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.

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Bruce Bennett

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.