Nobody is happy about the NHL lockout, at least when it comes to people directly involved with the league, such as owners, players and fans. Players in particular are very frustrated with things, as they spent the offseason getting prepared, and many of them have no say in what is going on with the negotiations. All they can do is wait. Among them is Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks, who says the lockout is just "embarrassing for everybody," via CSN Chicago. He followed that up with this:
"We want to play hockey. Its what we've been doing since we've been young. But we understand the situation and what needs to be done and why we're not playing. We want a fair deal and we're not going to play until we get that."
The league and the NHL Players' Association met on Wednesday but, as has been the case all along, it doesn't look as though any real progress has been made towards resolving the outstanding issues regarding the money.
When asked what he thought could get talks moving in a positive direction, Keith said that it was "tough to say." He went on to say that the players have already made a lot of concessions at this point, and that the owners/league haven't made as much/any at all. At this point, we'll likely hear more and more from players about how frustrated they're getting.