SAN JOSE -- On the one-month anniversary of the NHL lockout, Dan Boyle -- speaking about his own situation -- said Monday what Sharks fans may have been thinking about the team as a whole.
"For me, I look at a chance to win the cup and I'm getting older. This is our window," Boyle said. "I'm not so concerned about the money as I am with the fact we're missing games and we're missing an opportunity to try to win this thing. That's what's pissing me off."
In the past -- before he risked fines for speaking out about anything that could be interpreted as labor related -- Sharks GM Doug Wilson had resisted the notion that his team only has another year or two to live up to its potential.
But for Boyle -- who has this non-season (so far) and 2013-14 left on his contract -- it's a very real issue. At 36, he knows time is running out for him to be part of another Stanley Cup champion.
"For this particular team, I think this is a window, a very good opportunity for us and we're not getting a chance," he said after he and four other NHL players held their own practice at Sharks Ice.
The top brass of the NHL and NHLPA are returning to the bargaining table Tuesday in Toronto,