Once again hockey fans have been hit with bad news, the league announced today that they will be canceling all games thru November 1st. For those of you that are either not paying attention or just prefer not to do math, this round of cancellations brings the running tally of games missed to 135. Way to go NHL you have officially ruined the month of October. If talks between the NHL and NHLPA continue to go the way they’ve been going, then even more games will be canceled.
Which means, that hockey fans will have no reason to grow out their facial hair for Movember, I wish I could have some sort of epic sound effect. Hopefully this does not happen, because without movember social media is just boring.
So just to clue everyone in that is not fully up to speed with the lockout. Gary Bettman doesn’t know how to speak compromise, which is the language the players are speaking. Right now what is happening is you have billionaires vs millionaires, playing a very interesting game of Monopoly. The NHL and owners want more money, and they want to get this by knocking down the players percentage of revenue from 57% to 50%. The league also wants to eliminate long term contracts. The players are okay with this plan because hockey is still growing, oh excuse me it was growing until Mr. Gary Lockout got in the way. The one thing they are not going to budge on and they shouldn’t, is their existing contracts. They believe that a contract is a contract, the terms in which should be met until they are finished out. Who disagrees with this? NO ONE, BETTMEN!!
If a deal can be reached in the coming weeks and play resumes on November 2nd, then the league could still have an 82 game regular season. The theoretical deadline for this is next Thursday, October 25th, once again we have another important deadline looming. If a deal is not reached by the OCtober 25th deadline you can almost kiss the Winter Classic goodbye. Man Canada always gets the short end of the stick. Maybe to get back on Leaf’s fans good graces they’ll have the Winter Classic in Canada? Highly unlikely, but worth a shot!