McKenzie: “not at all optimistic” the season can be saved

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Unlike many pundits, TSN’s Bob McKenzie isn’t one for hyperbole. So when he says the 2012-13 NHL season is in serious jeopardy due to the lockout, the NHL season is probably in serious jeopardy due to the lockout.

And unfortunately, that’s what he’s saying.

“I’m not at all optimistic that there’s going to be hockey this year,” McKenzie said Tuesday during TSN’s Insider Trading segment (video). “I think this season is very much in peril.”

McKenzie’s colleague, Darren Dreger, isn’t very optimistic either, citing the main sticking point in the league’s labor dispute – the NHL is insisting on paying the players less than the $1.87 billion they earned last year, and the players are steadfastly refusing to accept anything less than $1.87 billion.

On the bright(ish) side, Pierre LeBrun stills thinks there will be a season, though he maintains the next phase of negotiations, starting Friday, is make or break: “This is the ballgame.”

Related: Pierre McGuire discusses Friday’s upcoming labor meeting