"Not very optimistic," he said to The Detroit Free Press after a players-run practice today at Troy Sports Center. "I see us losing a year."
"I think the owners, at this time, are strong-holding it and putting their foot in the sand and not budging," Bertuzzi said. "They want what they want, and that's plain and simple."
"Unfortunately, it's going to take years to build back the revenue. It's going to take a long time. These people are (ticked) right now. They're not just — 'I don't care, I'll come back,' or whatever. Fans are (ticked) now. They're getting to a point where they're not even really paying attention anymore to what's going on. They're sick and tired of hearing the same (stuff) coming out of both sides' mouths, and who can blame them? It's frustrating."
There had been reports of dissolving the NHLPA, which would make the lockout illegal. While the NFL and NBA have used similar tactics, doing the same with the NHL would not make the process of working toward a new CBA go any faster. Bertuzzi agreed.
"So players go after owners, we sue them — how long is that going to take?" he said. "Four to five to six, seven months. So that means the season is gone. So if anything, it hurries up the process of ending this thing, so guys aren't sitting around waiting to see what's going to be next."
Bertuzzi has been through both of the previous NHL lockouts. He was with the New York Islanders during the 1994 lockout, and the Vancouver Canucks during the 2004-05 lockout. From a personal standpoint, this one is different for Bertuzzi as he awaits a civil suit trial from former player Steve Moore. The trial is scheduled for this upcoming January.
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