"I won't be skating any time soon. We were making progress I guess and then you get an ultimatum. Tough to take''
"Last Friday, players were allowed to come and go as they pleased. After practice, they could leisurely head to the locker room and hang out in the players' lounge afterward.
On Monday, players found out things are a little bit different. The weight room, showers and locker room are off limits as is the parking lot. Players were seen parking in the main lot at the Coral Springs Iceplex as they hauled their gear to and from practice. The complex wouldn't allow players to store their equipment overnight."
Why can't both sides in the mess stop putting their efforts into winning a PR battle and just lock themselves in a room and get it done?
Under Alberta law, a mediator must be appointed before an employer can legally lock out its employees. The NHLPA contends the league showed no willingness to work with the mediator it was assigned by the province on Aug. 21.