The sweaters are predominantly red, white and blue, fitting for an All-American contest.
The first annual game will be played here at the First Niagara Center – home of the Buffalo Sabres. If things continue to play out between the National Hockey League and the NHLPA – the All American Prospects game could be the only hockey that the First Niagara Center sees before 2013 becomes a reality.
On the heels of seeing the sweaters, with the “home” blue pictured at left, and the “away” whites pictured below, the NHL has responded to the NHLPA with a new proposal, that supposedly brings us a step closer to hockey on time.
While the root of the problem is again, cost certainty – are the owners really trying to saddle the blame of the economics of the league on the players? If the owners want a ban on long contracts – why are they the ones handing out the long contracts. Teams were doing that to lure big names to their final destinations with the promise of loads of guaranteed money across the longest possible time frame. Maybe the call for mandated short contracts is a juncture way of the owners using the CBA negotiations to protect themselves, against themselves.
There is a lot on the table that has been talked about regarding the possible lockout, many RFAs remain unsigned, some UFAs are still in limbo with the lockout pending.
I really hope the doom and gloom that is swirling around the NHL is just leery fans preparing for the worst – and that hockey kicks off on time. I would really hate for my only trip to the First Niagara Center – to be for the Prospects game – it would seem like such a tease for the Prospects game on the 29th – when we could be still saying – what if.