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NHL Lockout Still Allows Minnesota Wild Players To Work Out Together

The NHL lockout is in full swing, but that's not going to stop the Minnesota Wild players from working out together. Over 40 NHL players, about half of them from the Wild, met together to skate and hone their skills on Monday as the lockout continues.

Wild players including Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom, Devin Setoguchi, and Zach Parise, shared the ice with other NHLers such as Dustin Byfuglien, Keith Ballard, and Alex Goligoski on Monday and will continue to do so until movement is made between the NHL and NHLPA regarding a new collective bargaining agreement.

Wild center Kyle Brodziak said it felt weird to be locked out, but indicated there was nothing to do at the moment other than continue to train.

"Right now, you just keep training and skating every day. You keep doing that until you get bored of it, I guess, and then find somewhere new to go do the same thing."

Training camp for the Wild was scheduled to begin on Sept. 22 prior to the lockout.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. For more news from around the NHL and on the lockout, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.