Penguins' defenseman Matt Niskanen expressed confidence that negations concerning the NHL lockout will pick up around Sept. 21, when training camps are scheduled to start. In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he said,
"There hasn't been much movement on either side. There's nothing really going on. No one's really losing anything. No one has anything to risk. If the lockout were to start tomorrow, nobody's missing anything until (Sept. 21, when training camps begin). Then that's when you'll get your serious negotiations going on."
In other words, neither side has made a concession yet because they have nothing to lose until Sept. 21. Niskanen has expressed this view despite the fact the an official lockout will commence on Saturday, Sept. 15 at midnight if the NHL and its players cannot agree on a new CBA.
The Penguins are scheduled to begin the regular season in less than a month.