The NHL cancelled the first two weeks of the NHL season today as the lockout continues. The canceling of games comes as no surprise to anyone as the NHL and NHLPA have basically made no progress in their talks to create a new collective bargaining agreement.
This marks the second time in 7 years the NHL has cancelled games because of a lockout. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the statement today that cancelled NHL games from October 11th through October 24th.
“We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement,” Daly said in the statement. “The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans.”
I don’t mean to sound like an NHL basher but if the NHL really cared about the fans there would not be a lockout. If they were really disappointed at having to cancel games they would’ve bent a little on their CBA stances to get a deal done or taken the players offer of playing under the now expired CBA until a new one was drafted.
Daly’s statement continues,”This is not about ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ a negotiation. This is about finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the League and the game.We are committed to getting this done.
Again I have to say if the NHL was really committed to getting a deal done it would’ve already been done. Sure, the players are to blame too but they didn’t go on strike; they were locked out.
So now you have the first batch of NHL games cancelled and we’re not sure if they will be made up if/when the lockout out ends. I’m sure that depends on when exactly the lockout comes to an end. I don’t know about how the NHL or NHLPA feel but for me, I’d prefer if it ended much sooner rather than later.
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