Now, don’t take this the wrong way; I am as big of an NHL fan as the next guy. I am just as bummed to be watching basketball rather than having a few cold beers in front of NHL network on my TV.. A little coaches corner, a little Don Cherry. I wanna hear the sweet words of O Canada, following the Star Spangled Banner of course. However, is December too late to start a season, is there a point to start now, outside of “just playing the game”? We have already lost the Classic, which really is the only reason I look forward to New Years Day. Can you really judge a team on half a season? Is ‘The Cup‘ void if they play? or will there be an asterisk next to the winners name? These are the questions we should have answered today.
Surely outside of my love for the sport one of the biggest reasons I would like to see some sort of season is for the crews of the arenas, they are losing out hard in this deal, these guys need the NHL to survive.. however I am sure Bettman is not in the least concerned about this.
Regardless, I voted today… I voted for the NHL. (Ha, that’s going to be my first paid endorsement.)
Well, once again empty hope for the 2012-13 NHL season as games are nixed through November 1st.
ESPN – It is the second round of game cancellations since the lockout went into effect Sept. 19. Earlier this month, the NHL eliminated the first block of regular-season contests through Oct. 24. A total of 135 games are canceled, which amounts to 11 percent of the season.
“As expected,” New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron told The Associated Press in a text message. “We continue to work hard to find an agreement and get back to playing hockey.”
Also, these games are not necessarily lost yet.. they are technically postponed while the possibility to squeeze 82 games into the season still exists it is highly unlikely.
All I know is my fantasy football team has been better than ever strictly because i haven’t lost concentration in October like most years before… Thank you NHL.
It sure seems like we are over the NHL, if not.. we are well into the pathway there. At this time, NHL training camps are supposed to begin bringing back players from all over the world to their in season homes. As a fan its almost as if the 3rd time is a charm rule comes into play. Lock us out once okay 2nd time a whole season was rough however, we bounced back… but this third time … fuck it, why bother let the NHL fade, we’ll stick to our ponds and rinks and NHL 13. At this point we are just sick of the dramatics. I understand both sides are there to do a job and fight for what belongs to them which when put like that does not seem to lead to a satisfactory outcome.
With Sweden opening its doors to NHL athletes as well as many other countries its hard to see athletes who play in the NHL wouldn’t travel abroad mostly back to their home countries. The countdown has begun to when the lockout will end but when it does end will it be too late. A Grimm outlook to have but the NHL’s future is not looking too bright.
You’re Going the Wrong Way. NHLStars are heading out of the NHL and Quickly.
Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar have already practiced with their KHL team in Russia, Pavel Datsyuk, Jaromir Jagr and Jussi Jokinen are among the many who have as well signed contracts and I don’t blame them for a second. These European teams are ready to spend some cake, these NHL athletes are looking to make some its an easy equation. Go where the money is. The KHL is allowed to pay NHL players a maximum of 65 per cent of what they earn under their NHL contracts. These guys can go over to the KHL make millions without worrying about a stoppage, I could see a few of them having no desire to come back.
Wow this video is fucking awesome, perfectly puts it into perspective, I dont have to say much more, just letting this video speak for itself. However, To kick Gary Bettman in the face, sign your name: http://www.change.org/nolockout.