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NHL CBA Negotiations: Wild Coach Worried, Disappointed By Labor Issues

With a NHL lockout looming Sept. 15 if no new collective bargaining agreement is reached between the owners and players by then, Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo recently discussed his frustrations with the impasse with Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

"I'm doing my best to just put all that stuff aside," Yeo said. "If they get things worked out and we have training camp, I don't want to be caught saying, 'Oh boy, I thought there was going to be a lockout.'

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit worried. With the expectations that we have, with the excitement that we have coming out of this summer [in which the Wild signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter] ... it would definitely be disappointing."

Parise noted in the article that although he hasn't explored opportunities to play in foreign professional leagues if the NHL season is threatened, he could soon start exploring those options.

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