NHL lockout 2012: Report says owners could stop 'grandstanding,' begin season in November

According to a report by Rob Simpson, the NHL season could begin as early as mid-November. According to a source that Simpson says is close to the owners, negotiations could move quickly after "a little grandstanding for show, thrown in for another 2 weeks or so."

The NHL has been in a lockout since mid-September, and announced recently that the first two weeks of the season have been cancelled. The league and the NHLPA will hold discussions on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, though revenue split issues are not expected to be a topic of conversation.

A whole host of NHL players -- including stars like Joe Thornton and active union members like Henrik Zetterberg -- have signed with teams across Europe to stay fresh and employed as the lockout drags on.

The big date on the horizon for the NHL is the Winter Classic on New Year's Day, which is annually one of the biggest events in the league. This year, the Winter Classic is slated to be played in Ann Arbor, Mich. with the Detroit Red Wings facing the Toronto Maple Leafs, but there has been growing concern recently that the league will not resume in time to play the game.

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