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NHL lockout Day 17

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"I'll be angry if they start canceling games. If you damage something that's special to all of us who were lucky enough to play, I'll probably get angry. I know the game came back strong after the last one (2004-05). But don't think you can keep doing that to people. You're hurting a sport; you're hurting its fans. There's only so much people are willing to take before they say enough's enough." -- Hall of Fame defenceman Brad Park in an interview with Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch.

ON THE MOVE

Locked-out NHL player movement, confirmed or rumoured:

Matt Read, Philadelphia, Sodertalje (Sweden)

A FEW BEERS AND SOME HEARTFELT TWEETS

Krys Barch has never been one to mince words, sometimes to a fault. But that hasn't stopped the veteran NHL tough guy, now with the New Jersey Devils, from speaking out. Over the weekend he had the hockey world buzzing after he spoke out via his Twitter account.

Here are some chunks from Barch:

"My name is Krys Barch. I have played approx 5 1/2 years in the NHL and have worked for every second of it. I haven't been a 1st-round pick, bonus baby or a son of a Hall of Famer. I have made it through sweating, bleeding, cut Achilles, broken hands, concussions, broken orbital bones, 8 teeth knocked out, etc., etc., etc."

"I sit in front of a fire, 8 OV deep and starting a bottle of Port that will assist in the translations of my emotions to words! No different than a truck driver, farmer or line worker. I have a shot and a beer. Not to deal with the days ahead but to ease the nerves from what my body has endured the days before."

"Some times wondering if I should have existed when a word and a gun solidified and solved all problems. I feel the Wild West would more simplified than the world we live in now when an employer who makes billions of dollars and a league with record revenues can tell me that I can't do the things that my heart tells my me to do! All what my heart tells me to do far surpasses what my body has endured."

A SYMPATHETIC VOICE

"I always think of other people. Think of all those people who work in the rinks, sell the popcorn or clean the rinks. Those people are never going to make that money back. Some of them have two or three kids. It's tough." -- David Clarkson of the Devils in an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger.

SUNDAY NIGHT IN THE KHL

Dinamo Minsk -- the club that Evander Kane will join on Monday and which also features former Jet Tim Stapleton -- knocked off Atlant Moscow 3-2 Sunday night.

Tweeted Stapleton, who leads the team with nine points in 11 games, after the victory: 'BIG win tonight by HC DINAMO MINSK. Great fans and support. Glad to have Pekka Rinne on our side and excited for @EKane9JETS to join us tom.'

Alexei Ponikarovsky's Donbass Donestk team fell 1-0 in a shootout to Spartak Moscow. Ponikarovsky has one goal in four games.

-- Compiled by Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 1, 2012 C2

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