Lockout Update: Day 66: There is still a lockout.

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Breaking - Claude Giroux is returning to North America to be tested for a concussion. If you recall, he had a pretty bad one a year ago, so this isn't the greatest news. But nothing definitive yet. On Sunday, the word "minor" was bandied about. When I read too many assurances that a player is alright - overkill, really - then I always reserve judgment for a couple of days. I'm still reserving judgment.

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The two sides met last night. No proposals were given, but discussions were had about next steps, and where each side could bend a little. There were 18 players in attendance. For what it's worth, those players were Craig Adams, David Backes, Eric Brewer, Ryan Callahan, Dan Cleary, Mathieu Darche, Marian Gaborik, Josh Gorges, Ron Hainsey, Jeff Halpern, Shawn Horcoff, Vincent Lecavalier, Andy McDonald, Brooks Orpik, Brad Richards, Marc Staal, Martin St. Louis and Daniel Winnik.

As a follow-up to Ian White calling Gary Bettman an idiot last week, Kris Versteeg called him a cancer to the game of hockey. Players were also seen in Montreal wearing ball caps that said "Puck Gary" on them. No word on when the players are going to play the 'poopyhead' card.

NHL attendees included Bettman, Daly, Bob Batterman, Ted Leonsis, Jeremy Jacobs (Ugh), Murray Edwards and Brian Burke. The meeting last just under two hours and the two sides have agreed to meet again Wednesday as the PA investigates certain concepts that they can come back with. The NHL apparently refused to discuss player contract issues without settling division of revenues.

Greg Wyshynski does a great job of breaking down the recent Gary Bettman interview with the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Here are the AHL scoring leaders, with your first seven having fantasy value:

1. Justin Schultz 21 points in 15 games

2. Jordan Eberle 19 in 15

3. Nino Niederreiter 17 in 14

4. Cory Conacher 17 in 14

5. Gustav Nyquist 17 in 14

6. Brayden Schenn 17 in 14

7. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 17 in 14

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Nazem Kadri was named the AHL player of the week. He posted eight points in four games last week, and he's up to 14 points on the campaign. His trade stock just went back up to where it was before the whole "out of shape" fiasco.

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Evgeni Malkin still dominating. Here are highlights of his three-point game two days ago:

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KHL announced their players of the week, with two names of note. The Goalie of the Week was Semyon Varlamov, who had two wins and a shutout in two games. The Attacker of the Week was Alexander Radulov, who had five points in three games.

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Did the Atlanta Thrashers get a fair shake? Jeff Ponder over at the Hockey Writers says no. A long read, but thorough.

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Jaroslav Spacek has announced his retirement. His best fantasy season was in 2005-06 when he tallied 43 points, was a plus-11 and posted 96 PIM and 150 SOG. Besides that 43-point year, he posted two 45-point campaigns. He retires 120 games shy of 1000 - or in other words, about two lockouts worth.

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Thomas Greiss has signed to play in Germany. He is the ninth Shark to head overseas.

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Elliotte Friedman's "20 Thoughts". Yes, 20.

" I had a good debate with a couple of NHL executives who said they'd be disappointed if No. 87 played during the lockout. Look, it's pretty obvious, Crosby's heart isn't really into the idea. Listening to him talk, you can see a lot of his frustration is because he doesn't want to go anywhere. But the guy's played just 69 games in two years, including playoffs. He's going to have to do it eventually."

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BrianSTC said:

BrianSTC
Top half / Top third? germant,
Why are you saying I have faulty information? Your link provideb is from November 2011!! Those numbers are not Winnipeg Jet numbers from last year but ATLANTA THRASHER NUMBERS from the year before...
November 20, 2012
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Out of those top 7 AHL scorers, I have Nyquist, Conacher and Schultz stashed on my farm. I really couldn't be happier about that right now smilies/smiley.gif
November 20, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I don't think he's pro-player any more than you or I. He's just anti-Bettman and anti-all people involved in the lockout, and wanted to have a little fun with mockery.
November 20, 2012
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germant said:

germant
Top half / Top third? BrianSTC - according to Forbes - the Jets were the 28th highest earning franchise (straight revenue only) so your argument is based on faulty information. - http://www.forbes.com/nhl-valuations/list/
November 20, 2012
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BrianSTC said:

BrianSTC
... Dobber, there truly is a disconnect between fans in larger markets and fans in smaller markets and Wyshynski's article just proves it. The major RED FLAG the he does not mention in his propaganda piece for the players is when Gary Lawless mentions this: "Winnipeg isn't an artificial market. They pay NHL prices for NHL hockey. But they had unexpectedly robust revenue last year, they paid bottom third of the league in salary and they made money. But had they spent to the cap, they would have lost money." Really? The Winnipeg Jets were in the top half (maybe top third) of revenue earners last year but THEY WOULD HAVE LOST MONEY IF THEY SPENT TO THE CAP???? That is insane and shows there really is a problem.
November 20, 2012
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