As a player agent, whose company represents numerous NHL stars including Bruins forward Nathan Horton and defenseman Adam McQuaid, legend Bobby Orr has a keen interest in the state of the NHL.

Today at a clinic for the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey program in Toronto, Orr was asked about the potential for a lockout when the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after the 2011-12.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail writes Orr’s response:

“I think they’ll work it out. What we’re seeing now in the NFL and NBA … Our CBA’s not bad. I think it’s pretty fair. Sometimes people look at it and think it’s a little difficult to be operating under but it’s what we’ve all agreed to.

 “Where are [the owners] going to go? What do they want? What are they going to give and what are they going to take? There’s not a lot. For that reason, I think they will work it out. I think. I’m not that close to it.”

Well, I’m sure plenty of people in Orr’s position were saying the same thing after the 2003-04 season, and we know how that went. One can only hope that the NBA and NFL lockouts are sending a warning signal to both the owners of the NHL and the NHLPA that anything even resembling what’s going on in those more-popular leagues would be disastrous.