In what some are calling an “attempt to save the season,” the NHL and NHLPA are headed back to the bargaining table this Wednesday at a secret location after a round of unorthodox labor talks between NHL owners and players quickly disintegrated last week.
The talks will be coming on the heels of the NHL canceling another round of regular season games through December 30th. Which leaves the door open for an abbreviated season to occur if the two sides can agree on a new collective bargaining agreement soon (although I would argue that the door is only about a tenth of the way open).
As I reported yesterday that brings the total number of games lost to this lockout up to a whopping 526 games and counting, which works out to be roughly 43% of the season. But, like I also said there is still a chance for a shortened season and no thats not me trying to get your hopes up. I’ve never tried to do that but there is a chance but thats all it is at this point, a chance. There’s also a chance I could get hit on by Carrie Underwood tomorrow or win the lottery and trust me neither of those will be happening (when I’m awake anyway).
So, I don’t care what happens anymore at this point and maybe I won’t be disappointed. It’s my Vince Vaughn as Peter LaFleur in Dodgeball theory, “I found that if you have a goal, that you might not reach it. But if you don’t have one, then you are never disappointed. And I gotta tell ya — it feels phenomenal”. It does feel phenomenal and I think that it applies perfectly to this lockout or any other NHL work stoppage for that matter.
I’ll leave you with one last little nugget, today marks the 20th anniversary of Gary Bettman becoming NHL commissioner. Yeah, I felt like I just got kicked in the stomach too when I first read that, maybe watching this awesome YouTube video montage of Gary Bettman getting booed everywhere he goes will make it all go away.