NHL lockout over; Sharks players and others react


Our long national frozen nightmare is about to come to a close. Pucks should be dropping withing a couple weeks after owners and players reached a tentative agreement to end the 113-day NHL lockout.

Reaction among players and others in the NHL is decidedly a sense of relief, followed by eagerness to get back into action.

Here’s what some Sharks players and other notable people have said in reaction to the news since it broke early Sunday morning:

Sharks forward Logan Couture (via BANG):

“I know it’s tough and we’ve taken the game away from them for four months and if I were a fan I’d maybe think twice about buying merchandise or coming to the games,” Couture said, “but they love their hockey out here.”

More Couture via his Twitter:

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (via BANG):

“part of me is nervous about what we’re coming back to as far as fan reaction.”

“I understand where they’re coming from and how upset they are,” Boyle said. “You’re just kind of hoping they can put their anger and bitterness aside. I can understand their frustration, but I’m just hoping they come back. We need them to come back.” [...]

“I’m just thrilled,” Boyle said. “Obviously I want to get back on the ice. That’s where we belong.”

Sharks forward Ryane Clowe via Twitter:

Sharks defenseman/possible Elin Nordegren boy toy Douglas Murray (via David Pollack):

Sharks forward T.J. Galiardi:

Sharks analyst Jamie Baker:

Captain of Sharks Pacific Division rival and defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings Dustin Brown:

Hey, look, nobody ever said hockey players were the most exciting communicators. But the important part is we’ll be dropping pucks soon.

[Bettman/Fehr photo via]

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