September 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Lockout 2012 Has Officially Begun; What Do We Do Now?


NHL Lockout 2012 has officially begun and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, I say that selfishly because as soon as I start covering hockey it goes into lockout mode. Sounds like my luck. Not many NHL related articles are/can be written during a lockout, ones that anyone would want to read anyway. I mean what do you talk about? The non-existent CBA negotiations? The non-existent NHL? If you go to the NHL’s homepage at current players aren’t even shown, it’s all past players and coaches. Maybe I could start covering the KHL, Swedish Elite Leagues and AHL, heck of a lot of talent in those leagues now that the NHL is locked out.

Many feel the lockout could’ve been easily avoided while some feel its necessary in order for the game to grow. Say what now? How can a league grow when it’s not being played or seen by anyone? I mean I get that a new CBA is necessary and things need to change to stabilize the game even though teams kept giving out new contracts right up until midnight last night under a CBA that “doesn’t work”  according to NHL owners and players, but to say we need a lockout in order for that to happen is an absolute joke. I do think it could’ve been avoided but everything I read says as soon as the NHL wants players to take a pay cut conversations stop and as soon as the players ask the NHL to make some concessions conversations stop. Thats not a negotiation last time I checked. Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals said it best when he said, “A lockout is what happens when adults get in the way of a kids’ game and it’s truly a shame if we miss one day. It’s truly a shame.”

So now we wait to see when/if the lockout will end and for the NHL season to start, so we get to watch our favorite players represent our favorite teams. There is nothing else we can do, we’re just fans who don’t play in the NHL or own a team. I mean it’s only us watching, supporting and spending our hard-earned money on cable and NHL Center Ice to watch the games, tickets to attend games, concessions while at the games and not to mention all the merchandise we buy. Why should anyone care about us when arguing over millions and billions of dollars? I mean they’re only fighting over money we gave them.


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