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Labor negotiations resume today in Toronto. Who wants to bet me that they don't solve a damn thing?

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At the Joe

Red Wings forward Cory Emmerton breaks finger in Finnish league game | The Detroit News |
Bummer. Good thing he's got plenty of time to heal.

Part 2 - Paul 'Rocket Man' Ysebaert Reflects On Time With Red Wings, Lightning, And Life After Hockey - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York
Ever wonder what Paul Ysebaert is up to? No? Didn't think so. Regardless, here's a story on the former Red Wing.

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Radio: Ansar Khan on Red Wings, Winter Classic; NHL records you don’t want broken | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Khan(!) was a guest over on the Puck Daddy podcast. Give her a listen.

Around the NHL

Inside A Secret NHL Focus Group: How A Top GOP Strategist Is Helping Hockey Owners Craft Their Lockout Propaganda
You're going to hear a lot about "shared sacrifice" from the NHL in the days and weeks to come. That's the word from inside a secret emergency PR focus group, in which a top Republican Party strategist tested pro-ownership messages on a captive audience of hockey fans. One of those fans shared the documents with us, for a sneak preview of the propaganda campaign the NHL will be unloading on the public as the lockout drags on. Here's a look at the bullshit on the menu before the league serves it to you.

Twitter / FrankLuntz: my official response: ...
Fantastic job by a PR guy to sell out his clients (who were in the wrong).

Meet the Lockout Lawyers Destroying Sports | The Nation
Ian Pulver, counsel for the NHL Players Association in 2005 said of the lawyer, "Bob Batterman is a hard-nosed, smart management attorney who leaves no stone unturned. He will do his best to attempt to execute the orders of his clients including, but not limited to, breaking unions if necessary." When Batterman was told of Pulver’s words he said, "I would be proud to have that on my epitaph."

Sidney Crosby and friends: World Tour? - PensBurgh
It's about fucking time that Sidney Crosby get involved in the labor problems.

County, city officials approve revised Seattle arena plan | ProHockeyTalk
Will an NHL team follow?

Would the NHL ever consider a luxury tax? | ProHockeyTalk
For the owners, there would be pros and cons.

A Banner Year | The Royal Half
Alternate uses for the Kings Stanley Cup banner, since they're not currently using it.

NCAA hockey referee arrested for joke about bomb at Alaska airport | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
His joke was later overturned by another ref standing 90 feet away with a different viewpoint.

Let's Go Red Wings.