Thanks for sharing the holiday spirit, psycho.
You can tell the holidays have come and gone, because now there is a sense of urgency by the NHL and the NHLPA to finalize a deal that will put rubber to ice and satisfy the masses. Only, the masses might only be the players and owners, fans continue to grow weary of the tireless games that appear to be taking shape every 8-10 years with this group of oddities.
The best part is, the NHL and NHLPA will be back – the fact that the players chose not to elect the disclaimer of interest and keep negotiating has to be a solid in their favor – and show the owners that there is still a hand to be played.
The players don’t share in the optimism that a deal is going to get hammered out in the coming days to save a season, and have already started the voting process to allow the executive board of the NHLPA the ability to act once again if the move still exists. What the players were hoping was the check mate move turned out to only be check – and losing the power at midnight – the players have to go back on the offensive.
I don’t share the optimism of some that there will still be a season to wrap my mind around this season. At this point, I have stopped caring if there is going to be a season – what was once rabid fandom – can’t miss a minute of hockey – is now quite content with a spare minute of free time here and there. If the NHL comes back, there is no doubt that I will follow my favorite team hoping that they will one day lift the Stanley Cup, but if I miss a game here and there, I won’t be upset. The NHL has relegated itself in my book to the way I follow the AHL.
Voting on the second round of disclaimer of interest began at 6pm and the union has 48 hours to complete it. What is surprising is knowing there are plenty of players who are not willing to bring out more lockout and want a deal to be done – if the players want to push Fehr into a corner and force him to take the deal that will get them back on the ice, the vote this time needs to be strongly no to the disclaimer process.
The next 48 hours become key in this process – if things don’t go in the players favor – this is their ace in the whole.