Former NHL star Keith Primeau thinks a lockout is likely in the NHL this season.
He just hopes it doesn't last long. Speaking on the York Report on NSS.radiotv.com Friday night, Primeau said: "I think there will be a lockout," and gave the impression that he believes the NHL owners have pre-determined the strategy. NHL Players' Association head Donald Fehr said: "If there is a mutual will to get this done, if we can find a common platform around which to construct an agreement, then obviously there is plenty of time in which to do that. Unfortunately, what you saw in the last two negotiations in football and basketball, and can be argued what happened in hockey in 2004, is that the lockout was the strategy of first choice, not the strategy of last resort. I hope that's not true this time, but time will tell."