We all know the how the old sayings go – they get repeated in times of strike the way cliches are repeated daily in sports. This one though, is that silence is deafening.
I’ve been there. Wanting to be in a quiet place only to have to turn on the television or radio slightly just to get rid of how loud the silence actually is. Then there is the opposite, that extra loud concert you went to, or the wedding with the loud DJ – where you just had to keep the radio off on the drive home - only to go insane with how eery the silence actually was.
Is silence in NHL – NHLPA negotiations as reported by Eklund a sign that things are getting done? I hope so, because we are quickly running out of time.
Time is actually something the NHL and the NHLPA have if they are hoping to save any semblence of a season. When the 1994-1995 season was shortened to labor dispute, they started playing hockey on January 20th, and played a 48 games season that ran from January 20th to May 5th. With an abbreviated 10 day camp, their is plenty of time to get the teams on the ice for anywhere from 48-60 games, the closer we get to January 10th, the shorter the season.
The Stanley Cup was awarded on June 11th last season. During the last lockout season it was awarded on June 24th – so while we are paying for an extended off season this year as fans, we could be in for a slightly shorter period of hockey drought next year (mental note – tradeoff not worth it).
As Eklund stated in his article, meeting today means nothing, meeting tomorrow is huge. Carrying the meetings throughout the week to strike a deal is where we need to be at. There will be bumps in the road and not everything will move forward this week – but as long as we are meeting in private, the optimism that hockey will return this year, should be high.
I for one need hockey to return just so I stop getting asked by everyone I know – so how you making out this year without hockey.