On the heels of the latest round of game cancellations, Martin St. Louis fumed to Tampa Bay Times reporter Damian Cristodero.
“I’m shaking my head every time I wake up,” St. Louis said. “We’re telling everybody we’re going to go to 50 percent, let’s share responsibility to get there. They don’t want that. Again, they want to hit us. It’s us, 24 percent last time and now 12 percent, and doing that when the game has grown the most, it’s tough to take.”
St. Louis seems to understand that some look at the CBA negotiations as squabbles between two very rich parties, but tries to explain the struggle.
“Nobody is crying poor here, and I think it’s hard for the fans to understand that,” St. Louis said. “But it’s about when there’s a problem we have to fix it all the time and they don’t want to take responsibility, too.”
If the lockout remains a problem that simply won’t get fixed, St. Louis admits that the draw of playing overseas is getting stronger.
“I want to play,” St. Louis said. “I need to play. If it’s not here, I’ll be playing somewhere. I don’t know when that date is, but every day I wake up, I’m closer to that date.”
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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.