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Postby kaisy on Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:22 am

CALGARY -- Alex Tanguay doesnt want to see another season of his career erased by an NHL lockout. The veteran Calgary Flames forward, who turns 33 in November, was a member of the Colorado Avalanche when a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season. Hes holding out hope the National Hockey League and players can salvage this season as he nears the late stages of his career. "I missed a year doing that," Tanguay said Thursday. "The lifespan of a hockey player is usually not that long and you want to make sure that you have as much time as possible to enjoy your sport. "For me theres a few years left. I dont know how many. I certainly dont want to go out and do what we did in 2004. Im hoping that things will get resolved." Despite the fact that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated on Thursday that the upcoming season wont start until a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, Tanguay has faith the two sides can still get a new deal done. "Im still crossing my fingers, still hoping theres time," Tanguay said at the annual Calgary Flames Celebrity Charity Golf Classic at the Links of GlenEagles in Cochrane, just outside Calgary. Owners have asked players to cut their share of hockey-related revenue during a six-year proposal. Initially, owners sought to drop the percentage given to players to 43 per cent from the current 57 per cent. They have since amended that to a six-year proposal that starts at 49 per cent and drops to 47 per cent. The NHLPA is reportedly offering a package that starts at 54.3 per cent and ends at 52.7 per cent. "People can make their own observations," said Tanguay, a veteran of 12 NHL seasons including four with the Flames. "Weve all seen what the league has offered the players. Quite honestly, we have full confidence that what weve been doing with (NHLPA executive director) Don (Fehr) and the way weve been proposing things is the right way to go. "Were trying to find solutions. Were just not trying to cut back and then in another six years well have to cut back again. Were hoping to fix the leagues problem and to help them." Although Tanguay admitted that he feels sorry for disgruntled hockey fans, he added that he still supports the players stance. "If you look at it, I dont think the players are being greedy in any way," Tanguay said. "Yes, we do make a lot of money. Its the money we generate as well. You have to look at a little bit of everything. "I feel very confident in the union and the job theyve been doing. Hopefully we can reach a deal thats fair for everyone and thats profitable for the league and gets all the franchises success." Flames forward Curtis Glencross expressed his disappointment that Bettman and the owners have vowed to lockout the players if a new deal isnt finalized before Saturday at midnight. "We all love the game and we want to play the game," Glencross said. "Obviously its disappointing. We dont like sitting out and being locked out. Theres a bunch more bigger issues than people know about that have to be settled. Were trying to do it for the better of the sport in the future, not for the short term of it. "We want to make sure that we can get everything figured out and have it set up so even guys five or 10 years from now have a better foundation." While Bettman was meeting with the media in New York on Thursday, Calgary general manager Jay Feaster was posing for pictures with golfers on the 10th tee at the Links of GlenEagles. Afterwards, Feaster said hes hoping for the best in regards to the battle between the owners and the players. "We remain optimistic," Feaster said. "Thats all we can do. Were set for camp. As (Calgary coach) Bob Hartley said, We can start at 2 oclock this afternoon. Were ready to go. Well just wait and see what happens with the negotiations." After working hard in the off-season to sign free agents like forward Jiri Hudler and defenceman Dennis Wideman, Feaster would like nothing more than to see the issue resolved in time to open training camp on Sept. 21. "We like the moves we made in the off-season. We like the free agents we signed," Feaster said. "Were excited about a kid like Sven Baertschi coming in trying to make our hockey club and a guy like T.J. Brodie. Were obviously excited about all that stuff and our new coaching staff. We have a lot of reasons to be anxious to get going and we just hope that we get going on time." Antonio Cromartie Jersey . The Miami New Times, an alternative weekly, reported Tuesday that it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal from a clinic called Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch. Curtis Martin Womens Jersey . Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez danced together near home plate. . Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy had a great start to the season and then seemingly hit a wall in the middle of the year. He went from winning tournaments to missing cuts. Kenrick Ellis Jersey . Jennings was very successful doing that Tuesday night as he scored nine of his 25 points in the final period to lead the Bucks to a 110-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Wesley Walker Jersey . The 19-year-old forward scored once for London and has nine goals and 17 assists during his streak. He now has 19 goals and 44 points in 26 contests, which is good for second in OHL scoring.When new Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins starts training camp in the fall, prospect Teemu Hartikainen may not be on the ice. According to Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine, Hartikainen is headed to Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League. HHartikainen, who is slated to become a restricted free agent next month, had one goal and two assists for three points in 23 games with the Oilers this season.dddddddddddd He was drafted by the Oilers in the sixth round (163rd overall) in 2008. ' ' '
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