Ken Medlin

Canes ready for season, whenever it starts

Posted September 6, 2012
Updated September 7, 2012

Everything looks normal as the Carolina Hurricanes are on the ice getting ready for training camp.

And yet, it's not normal - not this time.

As they've done for years, Canes players have gathered on their own to practice together in preparation for the season. 

Canes training camp Medlin: Canes take ice to prepare for uncertain season start

But this time, they have no idea when the season will start. The NHL's labor dispute continues and, much like the negotiations we've seen in the other major sports, it appears likely to delay the start of training camp - if not the season as well.

"You have to go at it like normal," said defenseman Tim Gleason. "Because, it could pretty much happen overnight."

That's all these players can do at this point, prepare physically to start camp at a moment's notice. Gleason says the players are much better informed about the process than they were eight years ago. That labor dispute carried through an entire season.

The up-in-the-air status of the season comes at an inopportune time for the Canes as an organization. This was the summer the Canes finally made a splash in terms of acquisitions, picking up Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin in a series of moves that should transform the team's offense.

Canes fans got their first chance to see the younger Staal on the ice this week. He's been a fixture in the informal workouts. The question now is: When will those workouts become formal - with the entire team and coaches?

"It is unfortunate," Staal said. "You can tell in this room, everyone's excited. I know I'm very excited to be here, and I kind of want to get the season rolling."

"It's a little hiccup," Staal said of the labor strife. "But hopefully we'll figure it out."

If that's the case, here's hoping Don Fehr and Gary Bettman are in a room right now drinking water and holding their breath - whatever it takes to get rid of this 'hiccup'.

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  • ktstcanes Sep 10, 3:47 p.m.

    kenshi- i would agree if teams did not sign so many players to 6,7,8,9,10 year deals at 6-10... View More

    — Posted by caniacman

    I actually think the players get to much of the pie. 57% is a lot. By no means am I for a strike. It turns me against a sport each time it happens. 50-50 split would be good. I think the major sports have become bloated and out of touch in salaries. It is just to bad that we the consumer continue to feed the animal.

  • LoveMySports Sep 9, 11:16 a.m.

    Bettman and Owners please od not have a lockout. It will make for a long winter.

  • SubwayScoundrel Sep 7, 2:07 p.m.

    I know it is "Hip" to blame and hate Bettman and NHL owners but if you are a canes fan, you better hope the owners get someone close to their requirements. Even the players think 57% is too high (or whatever their share % is). Raleigh is growing as a hockey market but we are not a $70M salary hockey city yet and that is where it is headed.

  • rpergerson Sep 7, 11:56 a.m.

    Im ready for some hockey,hope things can be worked out.GO CANES !

  • americaneel Sep 7, 11:06 a.m.

    Come on strike...

  • caniacman Sep 7, 10:59 a.m.

    kenshi- i would agree if teams did not sign so many players to 6,7,8,9,10 year deals at 6-10 million a season. clearly there is enough revunue for the teams. Bettman is listening to the big teams who do not want to share revunue with the smaller markets. NHLPA has said they would go to a 50-50 share but the owners want it to go down to 42% that is crazy. I think the players would take a 50-50 cut with a slight deduction in salaraies.

  • kenshi Sep 7, 10:19 a.m.

    I don't see why people don't understand that the player contracts as a percentage of revenue are way too high. What other professional sport spends 57% of revenue on players salaries.. that's right, NONE. I think the NHL was dumb to have made the CBA they did previously. The players should not be getting more than 50% of revenue at best. Don't expect me to cry about the players who are getting paid millions to play a game for people to watch, its the owners that lose money if things don't go right, not the players.

  • Hammerhead Sep 7, 9:37 a.m.

    College sports continue to look more and more appealing. GO PACK!! Time for college hockey in... View More

    — Posted by boshartjs

    I can't watch the NHL, but love college hockey.

  • tdouble232323 Sep 7, 9:15 a.m.

    A lockout will do so some serious damage to the NHL.

  • REALY Sep 7, 8:01 a.m.

    Even with the Brothers on the same team they still have a long why to go. No playoffs this year and will be lucky if they see them next year

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