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Monday's Dump & Chase: Last Call For Lockout Excuses

We've heard (and made) them all. Not enough scoring? Lockout. Missed assignments on defense? Guys would be on the same page if they'd been able to practice together, but they couldn't...lockout. Injuries? Probably the lockout, too. The very New York Post-ish Larry Brooks even says Ilya Kovalchuck went to the KHL because of the lockout. So this is it...last call for all lockout-related excuses. Get em in now, because when summer ends...

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Allison Joyce

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