5 years ago

It's pretty clear the NHLPA is more unified now that it was in previous negotiations and that fan support seems tilted toward the players this time, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

"(Fan support) was probably on the side of the owners (in 2004-05)," Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger told the Dispatch. "A lot needed to be changed about our game back then, and it was changed. The owners got a pretty fair deal on their end. The NHL has done real well the last seven years, and I think that's the difference (with fans). But mostly they just want it to end. They're just crossing their fingers that they can watch hockey. They don't care about the details; they just want their hockey."