The inevitable has begun. This afternoon the NHL announced that a total of 82 games have been cancelled from opening night through October 24th. Your plans for seeing the Florida Panthers raise their first ever championship banner have been put on hold. The announcement shouldn’t have come as a shock, however I question the date that was chosen. Maybe I should be impressed that the 82 games actually symbolizes that an entire season could be cancelled.
Here’s a statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:
“We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement.
The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive
income from their connection to the NHL deserve better.
“We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an
agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our
“This is not about ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ a negotiation. This is about
finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the
League and the game.
“We are committed to getting this done.”
Yes, Bill I’m sure you are. (Insert sarcasm).
The NHL and NHLPA met today without anything positive indicating that a settlement to the lockout was even remotely close. Rather than me write about it, you can read about it, as well as some other off the wall happenings of the day. Here’s your Redlines for Tuesday night:
* Talks broke off quickly and none are scheduled. Oh, and the league lost $100 million by cancelling the pre season. TSN.ca.
* Bill Daly says the two sides are communicating but can’t agree on what the CBA should look like. USAToday.
* CBC Sports looks at this (not so) great debate.