This is very critical, and at a time of more popularity than ever, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association must find common ground on which to lay the ground work for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
It is very interesting the two sides are not closer together, but not surprising as the players are reaping the most benefit from “Cup” hungry owners – desperate to bring a Stanley Cup to their town. The contracts that are being signed and agreed to are amazing. It is not fair to everyone involved that this is going on, but the economics of the NHL are broken, and must be resolved once and for all.
We cannot have the possibility of lockouts every decade. It is detrimental to the sport of hockey, and to sports in general. The National Football League and Major League Baseball have seemed to fix the economics controlling their sport. Now, it is time for us to sit back, and allow the parties involved to resolve it for the good of hockey.
I know it is not popular, but if we lose a season due to the economics being broken… so be it. This cannot be rushed.
Also, it has not been reported on… the proposed re-alignment must be addressed as the league has to fix what is definitely broken. The Winnipeg Jets (former Atlanta Thrashers) do not belong in the Southeast Division. There are some other teams that should be moved, and I will be writing about that next as I have been meaning to write about my proposal for realigning the teams better.