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Trib’s Yohe Looks At Lockout, NHLPA Solidarity

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Penguins beat reporter Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review joined “Seibel, Starkey & Miller” Tuesday to discuss the frigid state of NHL labor talks, and how Players’ Association chief Donald Fehr might want to be a game-changer before games are finally played.

“I don’t want to come out and say that for certain, but it wouldn’t shock me,” Yohe said when asked if Fehr ultimately wants to end the salary cap era in the NHL. “He thinks very little of the salary cap, and we certainly know he doesn’t care if they’re playing or not. That’s what his history says. I don’t know that that’s his plan all along, but don’t think he won’t use it if it comes to that. You can bet he will.”

In the event the puck does drop in the foreseeable future, Yohe breaks down whether or not the Penguins are a better team than last season, and what role a presently healthy Sidney Crosby might play.

He also explains whether or not he thinks the 2012-13 campaign will be played, when, and why:

To this point, nine of the Penguins’ regularly-scheduled 82 regular season games have been officially cancelled. Attempts by the NHLPA to resume negotiations have been reportedly turned aside by the league, which claims a CBA deal must be reached by Thursday to ensure a standard-length season of any kind.

“Seibel, Starkey & Miller” can be heard weekdays 2:00-6:00 on The Fan.

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