At least one NHL player rep is optimistic there won't be any kind of work stoppage when the when the NHL's CBA expires.
The 2011-12 season is the last under the NHL's current contract but Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille, the team's NHLPA rep, expects a deal will get done and a lockout won't be repeated.
"I think both sides know what's at stake," Paille told NESN.com. "I think just having two lockouts in a row, especially one after the other, is not healthful on either side. I think hopefully both sides realize what's at stake and realize that we want to build the fans base and the way to do that is to keep playing."
The NHL's current CBA, which came as a result of the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out the entire season, expires Sept. 15, 2012.
Malone feelin' good
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone expects to play in the team's season opener.
Malone, who had surgery on his right shoulder in July, was expected to miss up to six months but he's already been cleared to resume training. But he will likely miss most, if not all, of the Lightning's six pre-season games because he hasn't been OKed for contact.
In 54 games with the Lightning last season, Malone had 14 goals and 24 assists. He was injured against Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs but never missed a game.