Is there a perfect storm brewing in the NHL?

We all remember what life was like without hockey when the league grinded to a halt just prior to the 2004-2005 season.  The next year seemed pretty dull without being able to see and feel those games.  Ten years previous to that date, the league played an abbreviated schedule because of differences.  Could we be faced with another break from hockey?

There is a hornets nest waiting to be kicked open in Arizona.  If Jim Balsillie is reading this, it might be a good name for his “franshise” in Hamilton, the hornets.  The league doesn’t want the team to move, the Maple Leafs don’ t want another team in the region, and the Sabres would be effected greatly if a team moved right into a portion of their market.  It still remains to be seen if the new border restrictions are going to effect the draw at HSBC arena.

On top of that, the leadership of the NHLPA is in question, as they try to sort out their issues.  Salaries and contracts are getting out of control (Vancouver should have learned from the Islanders mistakes 12 years for a goalie?)  The dry trade market is a testament to the way the league is headed.

I didn’t miss the lockout season much, I was out of the country.  I was hitting the awkward teen years during the abridged season, and was more concerned with girls than I was hockey.  Hockey is already the black sheep of professional sports in the USA, another lockout could just be another nail in the coffin of a once proud league.

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