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Keenan has had 'enough already'

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

Mike Keenan said what everyone is thinking.

Asked if he's tired of the never-ending deadline to save the tattered remains of an NHL season, Keenan threw up his arms and walked away.

"Don't ask me about that stuff," said the Florida Panther's GM, shaking his head. "That's your answer. Enough already."

He's not the only one who's had it with the whole mess. A lot of fans are fed up, too.

That's good, because as far as Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe is concerned, saving the season should be the least of everyone's concern.

"Like everyone, you want to have hockey, but you can't have hockey just for the sake of getting a deal," he said. "It's about the league and the league getting the right deal. I hope that when the time comes around (to start playing again) that it's the right deal."

But Lowe says he believes the league won't be hurried into signing something they're not happy with - again.

"Based on what happened last time, they feel that things got rushed at the end and they don't want to see that happen again," he said, adding the feedback he's been getting suggests Oilers' fans are more than content to miss the season.

"If they can get the deal and they start up hockey, then they'd be pleased, but they don't want to see it start up just for the sake of starting up, that's what I hear."

NHL executive vice-president Colin Campbell also believes that the long-term stability of the league supersedes the final 28 games of this season.

"I'm not really worried about playing hockey," he said. "It would be nice if we could play hockey, but I would hate for us to rush into a deal and the wrong thing would be done for the owners or the players."


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