Felger on NHL labor talks: 'This thing should come in on time'

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Felger on NHL labor talks: 'This thing should come in on time'

The NHL released its 2012-13 schedule Thursday . . . but, with a labor war looming, was it an exercise in futility?

Michael Felger -- while worried that the players have hired hard-liner Donald Fehr, the former head of the baseball union, as their leader -- thinks common sense will, or at least should, prevail.

"I get the sense that this system has worked for everybody," he said Thursday on 'Uno's Sports Tonight'. "The salary cap is in place; players still make good money, salaries are still going up; I think the league, on balance, is profitable . . .

"I think this is going to come down to, do the owners reach for more? The owners got so much in the last negotiation, which resulted in a year-long work stoppage; that's when the blood was shed. The tough work is done. Now you're just negotiating numbers around the edges.

"As long as the owners don't get greedy, this thing should come in on time."

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.