NHL lockout: Todd Bertuzzi doesn't expect there to be a 2012-13 season

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Sure, the possibility still exists, but Red Wings veteran Todd Bertuzzi no longer believes that a 2012-2013 NHL season will occur due to the present lockout.

Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi no longer expects a 2012-2013 NHL season to occur in any form after months of unproductive negotiations between the league and the player's union, Ansar Khan of MLive writes. The league recently cancelled all games through Dec. 14, as well as this year's All Star Game, which was scheduled for Jan. 27.

"Just move on to different things. I'm coaching now," Bertuzzi said during one of the Red Wings' increasingly small informal practices on Monday. "I was just in Toronto coaching my son's team. You move on, try to make the most of your time.''

The 37-year-old also noted that the league will "take years" to repair the damage done by this lockout, both in terms of general fan support and revenue. Considering that the league saw a noticeable dip in popularity following its return from a previous lockout last decade, Bertuzzi's concerns are presumably shared by many.

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