Flames players say hope for resolution is starting to fade

Flames forward Jarome Iginla during a scrimmage with the University of Calgary Dinos at Father...

Flames forward Jarome Iginla during a scrimmage with the University of Calgary Dinos at Father David Bauer arena in Calgary, Alta., Dec. 6, 2012. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

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CALGARY - Jarome Iginla isn’t ashamed to admit he follows the news.

 

It goes against the usual athlete code of never reading the papers or watching the reports on TV.

(At least, that’s what so many athletes claim.)

“I read it and I watch. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t,” Iginla said after skating Thursday afternoon with a handful of other locked-out NHLers and the University of Calgary Dinos.

“There’s so many different points of view. It’s a lot of ups and downs.

“I’ll go home and hopefully find out more.”

It wasn’t an enjoyable evening.

Only a few hours after the seemingly always-optimistic Iginla said those words, players’ association executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman publicly said negotiations are off.

First, though, Fehr, after an hour-long meeting with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, said the sides were close to a settlement.

(It was a surprising statement since he, earlier in the day, as


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