Archive for October, 2012

R.I.P.

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Things We Don't Love
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courtesy 92.5 JOE FM, Edmonton, Alberta

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Hi Everyone,
Sorry, haven’t posted in ages. This “not having a season” thing is making me depressed.  Went to an AHL game the other night, though, and had a blast. Reminded me what I love about hockey — the excitement of the game, for the game’s sake, without some (not all, obviously) of the nastiness of money/business clouding the issue.  Nikki is going to post something on the blog soon about the latest on the lockout (edit: hey, look at that, she updated the same time I did, GMTA), but I thought I’d slip this video in just to make us all laugh a bit first.  Enjoy!

Very exciting to hear about progress being made on this lock out. However my last post on the lockout was almost a month ago. I think that says a lot about what the driving factor of this lockout was and who doesn’t matter. I truly hope that was are able to start the season on November 2nd. The fans will not survive a half season, the league will not survive a half season. The fans deserve more than that. The employees who have been laid off during the lockout deserve more than anyone. Where is the compensation for them, for their families?

The deal has me asking a few questions. Most of which are starting to be answered at the night goes on. What is the total salary lost by the 50/50 split? What will that do to team building during the off season and how will that change the way teams work with expensive veterans who bring knowledge, leadership and skill to the organizations? With the 50/50 split what will the NHLPA have to give up as a counter? What is the fine print that has not been currently shared? I look forward to learning more over the next 2 days. I also look forward to no longer be annoyed by the failed attempt by organizations to try and keep fans entertained and involved in a season that still hasn’t begun.

Riddle me that Bettman.