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The NHL Lockout…
It gets more depressing every minute of every day as it carries on. Today marks day 123 of the NHL lockout, thus so far cancelling 640 games. My solution is very similar to the TSN solution, but just a few minor tweaks:
This is a subject matter that is certain to have its fare share of difference in opinion. Someone asks you a question and you will likely think first about how factual the subject matter is before you share your answer. If you are asked what does 1+2 equal? Your answer should be 3 and you shouldn’t find anyone debating you on that answer.
This is for the NHL 2005 game. I know most of you have it. So what’s the best team you’ve built on Dynasty mode so far? I will judge all posts and post a top ten.
I’m kind of at a loss. For the life of me I cannot decipher why the majority of public opinion continues to not only favour the owners, but their support continues to grow. I, literally, spend at least an hour a day continually checking for updates on the lockout, albeit there’s been little to be updated on recently, just ask Mr.Bettman.
Peter Karamanos is quoted today saying that the season is basically lost and that he believes the fans will come back when there is a cost certainty.
In this whole lockout situation the only thing we see is the owners totally ripping the NHLPA and setting up the public to view the players as overpaid whiners.
I have been here for just over two years under various user names, and remember the talks about the 2002 Olympic team. Now we must look and think, as 2005 opens in 5 hours and 45 minutes, the Winter Olympics are a year, a month and two weeks away, and the team must be assembled within 1 year, and if the rules are the same as 02, they have to name eight players in March.
I was lucky. My flight from Philly to Phoenix on USAIR (a cochair flight for one leg of a flight I booked on United) got canceled thus United rebooked me and my girlfriend weeks ago on a flight on United through Denver en route to Phoenix yesterday. Thousands of other travelers got hosed and many are still hosed.
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The NHL today announced that commissioner, Gary Bettman, would meet with the 30 teams likely to discuss the end of the 2004-05 season on January 14, 2005. This announcement comes as the NHL has been publicly reluctant to mention at what point the season would be lost.
After almost 100 days, I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of not being able to taunt my friends who are Leaf fans, or of not being able to kick back on a Tuesday night to catch some mid-season action. I’ve had enough hearing from Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman, about how they are supposedly trying their hardest to fix the game for the better. I want NHL hockey back.
Try to imagine you are given a chance to go back in time for a five year time frame and that you will return to the point in time when you left. You will return unaged and nothing you do would change history as it was when you left. No you can’t bring Velcro back with you and give to a relative for the purpose financial gain.You would have sufficient funds and would be able go about through that time frame doing as you please. No need to work. Don’t fall in love because you can’t stay there. This would allow you to choose an era of hockey that you would like to have seen but, only know of it as history.
Pain is Temporary and Glory is Forever. If you have not heard this slogan then you have now. It is used to entice people into risking ones own personal safety for one moment of glory. No one needed to explain this train of thought to Bobby Baun, the Maple Leafs defenceman who scored an overtime goal in the 1964 playoffs while playing with a fractured bone in his right leg. No one needed to explain it to Ronnie Lott either when he had the tip of his little finger cut off during half time so that he could play in a football game for the 49ers. These guys went over and above the call of duty and will be forever glorified for those acts of courage.
In a recent article on slam.ca NHL Defenseman, Luke Richardson gave his take on the current CBA battle with the following quote:
“If the season gets cancelled, I’m going to start sending out job applications because hockey is done and they’re going to have to abolish the league.”
Feel free to disagree with any of this but be prepared to present a decent case instead of left-wing commie-pinko rhetoric.
Today the NHLPA and NHL rejected each other’s plans to solve their labor dispute leaving the season basically in ruins for 2004-05. It could be argued that the two sides couldn’t be further apart philosophically.
Monday night hockey from Moscow had NHL talent from Russia and around the world competing in a friendly all star atmosphere honoring Igor Larionov. Larionov retired from the NHL last season and this game would be his last before hanging up the skates for good.
So what everyone wants to know is how do we fix hockey, because I can tell you right now. Hockey IS DONE FOR THE SEASON. Let’s all just get that straight. But to Fix it, Why not take a page out of footballs book, one of the best systems in today’s sports.
NO HOCKEY WITHOUT A CAP? fine let’s put on a CAP. but let’s allow players to make money.
I would like to address an idea that seems to float around on boards such as this, and others that I read. The idea that the owners, by paying the expansion fee, have a right to make a profit.
The NHLPA has made their offer and it is a big one. Some of the highlights include a whopping 24% rollback in player salaries and a luxury tax that kicks in at 45 million at 20 cents on the dollar and increases at 50 million and 60 million.