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Quick strikes and open thread for Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The financial divide between teh NHL and NHLPA is narrowing, but the hyperbole is ratcheting up. Marty does not want to fade away, Roloson goes back to school, Luongo rumors, and Caps fans don't quite feel like shopping right now.

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Regular readers will notice the change to the post title. You already know a "Quick Strikes" post will contain links. This is also a dump all thread, where comments are encouraged.

Well, that's always been the intention with link posts - you don't always have to focus on the links themselves - to encourage banter. I'm just repeating the fact here.

NHL CBA / lockout news:

  • The NHL believes a deal to end the lockout is already on the table [National Post]
  • Tyler Dellow points out how the NHL / NHLPA's narrowing financial offer divide contradicts Commissioner Gary Bettman's doom-and-gloom rhetoric from Thursday [MC79Hockey]
  • And Larry Brooks addresses Bettman's hyperbole as he further stresses the narrow gap between the NHL and Players Association [NY Post]
  • Last week's offer/counter offer from the NHL and NHLPA was a play of public relations. An utterly pointless game of upmanship [Winging it in Motown]
  • Bruce Garrioch had an interview with Donald Fehr late last week, where Fehr explained the NHLPA's side of things [Ottawa Sun]
  • Speaking of Ottawa, the Senators have stated that they're pressing the league to end the lockout [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • In the face of the 2012 NHL Lockout, the Washingotn Capitals offered a big discount at the official team store. Fan reaction, via Twitter, was less than positive [BrooksLaichYear]

Tampa Bay Lightning News

  • Martin St. Louis, at the age of 37, doesn't have that many seasons left, and the second lockout of his career puts a damper on his desire to "go out with a bang" [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Tampa Bay Times Forum (nee Ice Palace and fondly referred to on these pages as "Times Palace") has reached the tender age of 16 [Bolts by the Bay]
  • Syracuse Crunch goaltender and Lightning prospect Dustin Tokarski gets the Q and A treatment [The Hockey News]
  • Former Bolt Dwayne Roloson has joined UMass-Lowell's coaching staff as a volunteer during the lockout [GoRiverhawks]

NHL and General Hockey News

  • The Edmonton Oilers saga continues: With Oilers brass and owner Daryl Katz absent from a City Council meeting, the city killed the $450 million arena plan [Copper and Blue]
  • There's a rich, albeit disappointing, bit of hockey history in the city of Cleveland [National Post]
  • Speaking of Ohio, Columbus Blue Jackets fans simulated a regular season game against the Vancouver Canucks last week. They did it with the Jackets regular radio personalities calling the game [Deadspin]
  • Is it a sign of a bored hockey public, bored NHL front offices, or simply business as usual for the league? Roberto Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs came up last week [Puck Daddy]