DETROIT – For now, the doors were unlocked. Players from the past, present and future mingled in the dressing room Friday morning after an informal skate, the first of the season at Joe Louis Arena. They all hoped it would not be one of the last.
In New York, the leaders of the NHL and the NHL Players' Association were holding an informal meeting, trying to restart stalled labor negotiations a little more than a week before the Sept. 15 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.
Here, Ted Lindsay, the Hall of Famer who played a leading role in establishing the NHLPA, sounded moderate, not militant, saying there were two sides to the story and the game should come before money.
Henrik Zetterberg, the Detroit Red Wings star who sits on the union's negotiating committee, sounded frustrated and prepared for the worst.
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