What to do and where to go from here

Hockey fans all across North America who are still hanging in there, hoping that a NHL season will happen this year should be praised. We are a dedicated bunch that has not been recognized by either the NHL or the NHLPA. It seems that that fans have been completely forgotten about by both sides like we don’t even exist. What can we do? Are we powerless?

Since the beginning of the lockout both the NHL and the NHLPA have gone on the offensive, blaming each other about big money issues such as salary cap, luxury tax, hard cap, soft cap and other issues like salary arbitration. While we have all come to learn what each of these words means, very few of us can even begin to comprehend the money values that are common to each of these words. 32-45 million seems so far fetched to me. The numbers are so outstanding that it is hard to understand where either side is coming from. Players such as Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure, Jaromir Jagr, Pierre Turegon, Doug Weight, Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte, among others have sucked the system for huge dollars for years. It would be interesting to see how many Stanley Cup rings this group has collectively. These players have been paid huge contracts, some of them worth over 10, 000,000 per year. U.S. dollars of course!

Who is to blame for this mess? Is it the owners who offered the contracts? Players who signed the contracts? Agents for helping to drive up players worth? The reality is that hockey fans don’t really care anymore who created this mess, they just want it cleaned up, fixed and over with. Fans want a decision to be made, we secretly hope that the season will happen, but will be able to move on with life if it goes away. We are left in amazement, these guys are all making such huge dollars, in the millions, and they are willing to flush it all away. We just don’t understand. How can this be? We would all love just even a glimmer of the chance to play in the NHL and to make millions of dollars.

Hang on for a second though, isn’t it the fans who that buy the tickets, subscribe to the hockey channels or the buy the hockey jerseys? Isn’t it the fans who will drive for 3 days to see their favourite teams or to see their favourite player? Isn’t is us who miss talking about our favourite team around the cups of coffee or around the water cooler? Where are we in the picture? We have been forgotten about. Gary Bettman doesn’t care about us. Team owners don’t care, the players are seemingly all in Europe but here we all are, standing together strong against one thing, the lockout. We just want it to end. We don’t really care who wins the fight.

Apparently the rumor is that Bettman will list a drop dead date sometime this week. At least fans will be given a timeline for an ending of this fight. It will finally be over, at least for now, if they can’t reach a decision. Hockey fans will just be left with a bad taste in their mouths if it is cancelled. People will care less and less about the NHL as the time goes on. We can’t possibly still be in this situation in a year can we? Will we still care when its over? I just hope for our sakes that this ends sooner rather than later. We need hockey back in our lives. We thrive on it. It gets us all pumped up.

Get on with it, get it decided, say the words “Game On.”

Trade Man

Owner – Hockey Trade Rumors

72 Responses to What to do and where to go from here

  1. IceyCup says:


    You’re also wrong about your Pavlov’s dog comment earlier.

    Not all of us will tune in just because a puck is dropped.

    Especially if it is being batted around on the ice by replacement players.

    No. Not all of us will tune in just because a puck hits ice.

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Well I wasn’t really arguing any ways, and it’s Leafs.

  3. defenestrate says:

    Actually, you’re wrong. This week is next week’s last week. That means this week is last week, and next week is this week.

    And there’s no bones in ice cream.

    And, in a rare moment of lucidity, I said “many” of you, not “all” of you. How many “you’s” do you have, anyway? I have eleventeen.

    Semantics, junior. It’s all about semantics. Insane people don’t think they’re insane. Look at Ranger fans.

    Have an after-dinner mint.

  4. defenestrate says:

    No, it’s leaves. No, it’s leafs. But it’s spelled breenzqpq.

    “Is this the right room for an argument?”

    “I told you once.”

  5. Oilerz says:

    Bettman has asked for tv availability tonight to announce what is believed to be a drop dead date of this weekend.

  6. 19Yzerman says:

    Whats black and comes in little white cans?

    you guest it Michael Jackson!!

  7. Freeze says:

    What to do?

    Stay away.

  8. donkey_kong05 says:

    I think Bettman is being unfair in asking the players to drop dead by a certain date.

  9. Oilerz says:

    If the players union does not accept something this weekend, I hope bettman removes all offers and reverts to their original one.

    And the PA rots in hell.

  10. Oilerz says:

    I wish they would all drop dead today.

  11. donkey_kong05 says:

    how is he going to get TV time?

    if no network carries hockey, which network will carry no hockey?

  12. habsoverserver says:

    Jam tomorrow, jam yesterday but never jam today.

    furthering the reference:

    Bettman and Goodenow as Tweedledee and Tweedledum

    and finally:

    I’m late, I’m late for a very important drop dead date.

  13. defenestrate says:

    ah – the slithy toves…. beware the frumious bandersnatch…

    Off With Their Heads!

  14. defenestrate says:

    You win this round, you scoundrel. Although Wacko Jacko isn’t really black….I think he’s an alien.

  15. defenestrate says:

    I thought the drop dead date included Bettman.

  16. habsoverserver says:

    death’s too good for them

  17. defenestrate says:

    I thought that’s what happened at the “drop dead” date.

  18. Freeze says:

    Agreed. There are real people working real jobs that have had their wages cut and/or haven’t seen a raise in years. These greedy bastards think that no matter what, I’ll be back to throw money at them. Think again.

  19. hockeyhead says:

    yzee, that almost made me fall out of my chair….i love this “hockey” site.

  20. defenestrate says:

    It’s like August in February, isn’t it?

  21. hockeyhead says:

    kinda….our noreaster turned to rain….i was hoping to stay home today.

    i just wish there were leaf/hab rumors i could laugh at.

  22. kicksave856 says:

    At this point, it seems perfectly fair for Bettman to request that the players and the PA all drop dead.

    I rather agree with him.

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