As Rob McGowan discussed in his latest posting (Preparing For An NHL Lockout On The Island) , the impending NHL lockout is becoming less of an empty threat and more of a real possibility. Unfortunately for the fans of all NHL teams, both sides of the table are having great difficulty agreeing.
This lockout could spell disaster for a league that is still recovering from the effects of the missed season of 2004-05. While they have made great strides since that horrible day, they are still well behind where they want to be in terms of popularity in comparison to the other 3 major sports.
While it is common knowledge for most hockey fans that this lockout cannot happen, it still might. Despite the reality that it did actually happen just a few years ago, it seems as though fans have faith that a deal with get done. This blind faith will turn to fear if the calendar turns to September and a deal is not reached.
Is it too soon to be worrying about the possibility of a 2012 NHL lockout? Yes, children it is. One may ask themselves, is the NHL really, REALLY dumb enough to endure yet another season without hockey, especially when it appears that they are starting to climb their way back out of obscurity and into the public forum? With the success of American NHL teams in hotbed cities, (Boston, Chicago, etc), the charm of the Winter Classic, and the silver medal for the Americans at the Olympics in Vancouver, it wouldn't make sense to put a freeze on the growth of your product. But hey, we all have to remember that Gary Bettman is in charge of the NHL, and he ...