If the Buffalo Sabres were planning on repeating as Traverse City Tournament Champions, the feat will have to wait a full year.
It was announced today that the Detroit Red Wing have cancelled the annual tournament attended by select NHL franchises – represented by the teams top prospects.
The Buffalo Sabres dazzled the tournament and impressed by winning the high profile prospect tournament in their first year of competition.
The decision to forego the event was based on the wide gap in contract negotiations between the National Hockey league ansd the players association. The Traverse City Prospects tournament is officially the first evenmt cancelled by bthe current level of CBA negotiations.
With the cba set to expire in now less than one month, teams are going to start to look at their organizational schedules, and coaches shoulkd be prepping for the possibility of a shortened training camp. While the two negotiating sides are still doing just that, negotiating, there is a very real possibility that Gary Bettman could put the padlock on the start of the regular season for the third time in his tenure, and Donald Fehr will be the first players union executive to orchestrate a lockout or players strike in two seperate sports.
I had my hopes up that no hockey will be missed and that a decision will be made by September 15th that will keep hockey going. With dominoes falling and things being cancelled, it is becoming very real that we won’t be seeing real NHL hockey in fall of 2012.
Buffalo Sabres fans will be left wondering what will happen in the second full year of Terry Pegula’s plan to win the Stanley Cup in three years.
The next move belongs to the NHL – will things get worse, or will we start to see real positive signs that something will get done.