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.)
As far as I see it, I believe the NHL suffers from worst lockouts and has had the worst lockout… Previous NFL lockouts have had negative spotlight in the press and public eye however I dont believe the game has suffered much where as the NHL has lost a large amount of followers and if not fixed quickly will lost a lot more. The NBA came very close to leading this list however narrowly missed disaster by missing only very early season games while Football ruled the roost, building superstar teams also aided in their recovery.
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.