Hull sees lockout lasting

Toronto Sun staff

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

Add Brett Hull's name to the growing list of players who believe the 2004-05 season likely will be wiped out.

"I really don't," Hull told the Arizona Republic when asked if the campaign can be saved. "We are as strong on not having a salary cap as (the owners) are on wanting one.

"What is it that's going to make the two sides come together? I think it's going to be a missed season, and then in the off-season they're going to say, 'This can't happen again.' "

While Hull firmly backs the union, he wonders why the two sides are not at least exchanging ideas.

"I'm more perturbed at the fact that whether it's one side or the other, they don't seem to really care whether (a deal) gets done or not," he said. "Once you start talking, anything can happen. But if you're not talking, nothing's going to happen."

Hull also took a shot at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

"I think the fans lost interest starting 10 years ago when Gary Bettman came in.

"I think everyone who has watched the game has seen the game decline, not only in popularity, but the actual game itself has declined in skill and excitement and fan entertainment value," Hull said. "Something's got to be done."


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