Despite their on-ice rivalry, there seems to be some thinking that the Flyers are interested in teaming up with the midmarket but high-revenue Pittsburgh Penguins to sway more governors toward a swift resolution. The Rangers are also viewed as anti-lockout.
The idea is that, if the Flyers' outlook on the lockout is evolving, it could come to an end more quickly. And as the lockout drags on, it poses greater problems for teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets or Florida Panthers, which might be unable to recover from the fan discontent the lockout is causing.
The article also mentions that someone like former president Bill Clinton could help negotiate the end of the lockout, although that seems unlikely for all kinds of reasons. In any case, it doesn't sound like anyone is particularly happy that it's mid-November and there's no end in sight.
Via The Pensblog.