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TSN’s Darren Dreger: Apathy Should Be ‘Terrifying’ to NHL, Players

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony on The Fan Morning Show Friday to offer an update on the labor negotiations between the the NHL owners and players, as the 2012-13 season is in serious jeopardy.

Dreger said that things are looking up, but only because time is running out. He explained that the stalemate has to end soon for that same reason, whether or not the result is a good one.

He feels the most incredible thing is how little fans seem to care.

“Pittsburgh is a great hockey city,” he said. “What we’ve got now that is most terrifying from a player and a league standpoint is the apathy that exists across Canada and in the United States.”

He thinks it could take years to fix the damage that has been done to the league’s reputation by losing just half a season.

He also pointed out that, while many are apathetic, there is plenty of anger being directed at those in power by the people who have been directly involved.

“The mere fact that we even have to consider blame in labor negotiations speaks to who is being impacted,” he explained.

He feels the whole situation has grown absurd.

“How can you not agree how to split a $3.3 billion industry?” Dreger said.

The interview can be heard here:

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