Apr 07, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Robert Mayer (65) and left wing Erik Cole (72) before the first period against Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-US PRESSWIRE
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Niklas Kronwall: Time for Red Wings to step up their game | Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
I like two things about this: 1) The players know their season is going to be a very tough and they have to work harder. They recognize they don't have the talent they used too. 2) Kronwall is stepping up as a vocal leader. Good.
Helpful Hints For A Lockout: HOCKEY PORN! | Octopus Thrower
Bored? Here's some Red Wings' videos to keep you entertained.
'Terrible Ted' Lindsay Picks a Fight with Autism in Royal Oak - Royal Oak, MI Patch
Good for Ted Lindsay. Great hockey player...greater human being.
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Offside: A Sports Law Blog: Interview: Paul Kelly Former Head of NHLPA
If you're at all interested in the CBA talks, this is a great listen.
Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself - Second City Hockey
SCH has a new overlord. We liked the old guys who have moved on to their own site. Greg's got some big shoes to fill, but it's worth giving him a chance, even though he roots for a dumbass team.
Dave Stubbs: Players’ union looks at labour laws to block NHL lockout
...and here's the Quebec-based challenge to prevent the Habs from locking out their players (bottom line is that Quebec law says you can't lock out an organization without a union and the Players' Union isn't recognized by the government of Quebec).
NHLPA fights bid by Oilers, Flames owners to hold lockout vote
The PA is using Canadian provincial law to legally fight the concept of a lockout in Alberta.
Rangers owner, Brad Richards united in desire to play hockey | ProHockeyTalk
If you want to read good stuff into New York Rangers' owners James Dolan's comments, I wouldn't blame you.
John Tortorella: Labor’s voice of reason | ProHockeyTalk
Torts is anything but a league patsy and he's got the right idea.
Let's Go Red Wings.