It is probably the worst Friday of the year – it looks as if though no 82 game season will be played, and the way things are going, many don’t anticipate that an NHL season can be saved at all. While the NHL and the NHLPA appear to be closer this lockout than Lockout 2004, ego’s and Donald Fehr appear to be in the way of that happening.
Players want to play, owners want fans in their buildings – but powers that be have us hoping for something more. With that, lets take a quick spin around the National Hockey League according to Five Fansided Writers.
We have seen several of our own Buffalo Sabres jump across the pond to play in Europe during these troubled times, and now one of Buffalo’s favorite son’s has flown the coup and taken his talents to Europe. Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has taken his services to the Swiss League, and has teamed up with Boston Bruins forward Tyler Sequin on EHC Biel.
Ok – so its really not a relocation as much as its really like the Buffalo Sabres moving from Memorial Auditorium to the arena formerly known as Marine Midland Arena. The New York Islanders have realized that nothing can be done in their current haunts, and will move to Brooklyn instead of trying to find way to make things work on Long Island.
Just across the river, those in New Jersey don’t think its a good idea for the Islanders to be moving closer to the mainland, but maybe thats because there still bitter over the Nets.
Frustrated is going to be a buzzword around NHL camps and that is the case for our Flyers writers as well.
We will probably hear an announcement from the league today announcing the official cancellation of the October games, as well as the games through the end of at least November. They will probably also withdraw their proposal that would have saved an 82 game season, not just because they can’t play an 82 game season, but because they no longer want to make that 50/50 offer to the players, and will instead start from scratch.
Starting from scratch is only going to alienate the sides further, and move us towards missing an entire season once again.