December 7, 2012
Flames players say hope for resolution is starting to fade
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
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