Wednesday Chum Bucket: Clowe, Burns somehow still optimistic about negotiations

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 15: Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with Ryane Clowe #29 after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the second period during an NHL hockey game at HP Pavilion at San Jose on October 15, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
  • Video: Ryane Clowe and Brent Burns talked CBA negotiations and optimism about a deal getting done prior to attending yesterday's Giants/Rockies game at AT&T Park. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Speaking of those negotiations, Pierre LeBrun believes they are now entering the "crucial" period (which elicits the follow-up of what the hell the past three months were supposed to be) with the two sides slated to continue meeting today. [ESPN]
  • Philip Anschutz-run subsidiary AEG, which owns both the Los Angeles Kings and Staples Center, is now up for sale. Expect Greg Jamison to make a play as he furthers his plot to control the entire Pacific Division. [Los Angeles Times]
  • It's official: Kings star Anze Kopitar has signed with second-tier Swedish Elite League team Mora IK to play with his brother Gasper during the lockout. The pair join the ranks of Scott and Rob Niedermayer and Joe and Scott Thornton as teammates in hockey history who shared blood but not the same talent level. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Was the Bakersfield Condors' move to hold a "Our City Isn't Bankrupt Night" in mockery of rival Stockton the P.R. version of hitting from behind? (Answer: yes.) [Puck Daddy]
  • Brian Burke isn't going to let a lockout stop him from mismanaging his hockey team. [The Globe & Mail]
  • In memoriam: the four greatest moments of our dearly departed 2005 CBA which, as you may have heard, expired Saturday. [Backhand Shelf]
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