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Duncan Keith says lockout is “embarrassing for everybody”

Chicago Blackhawks v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 6: Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks moves the puck up ice against Patrik Berglund #21 and Kevin Shattenkirk #22 both of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on March 6, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Blackhawks 5-1. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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While the NHL and NHLPA take the weekend off to think about the mess they’ve gotten themselves into, Chicago’s Duncan Keith is sounding off.

The Blackhawks defenseman spoke with’s Tracey Myers and sounded a lot like a fan of the game in sharing his thoughts on the lockout.

“It’s just embarrassing for everybody,” said Keith. “There’s a lot of talk for the fans. They’re the ones who don’t have a voice and aren’t being heard in these negotiations. It’s tough on them, but it’s frustrating for players.”

We’re at the point in the lockout where winning a PR battle doesn’t make any sense. Regular season games are being lost and neither side is trying to compromise. Keith calling the situation “embarrassing” is as blunt as anyone has been about the situation. Sadly for everyone involved, he’s pretty much spot on.

As for whether he’s heading to Europe like many other players have done (over 130 at this point), he says he’s not thinking about doing that just yet.