Love him or loathe him, you have to admit that Donald Fehr knows how to rally his troops.
On Monday, the second day of the NHL lockout, 13 Capitals hit the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. By Wednesday that number was down to six.
Barring a complete cave-in by its 30 owners the NHL is less than 58 hours away from its second work stoppage in eight years.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has given the players union a take-it-or-leave-it offer that he hopes will avert the leagues second lockout in eight years.
Count on the players leaving it.
Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was back on the ice Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, turning aside pucks in an informal scrimmage with a handful of teammates.