As we enter day one of the lockout, fans and writers are already getting anxious. Fans who are personal friends (and family) are already at each other’s throats. Come on people, we need to get over it. Unfortunately little us, the fans, don’t have a voice in this one. Yes, I’ll say it. I’m mad as hell. I know this isn’t 100% Bettman’s fault, but I want him gone. (I’ve wanted him gone for a long time.) BOTH sides need to give here. BOTH do. Nothing is going to happen until one takes a step forward onto the other’s ground. I have a headache just reading the comments, the articles, and the crap videos and notes that the players and NHL have come up with. First of all, the player’s video. We all know how much you all love to play hockey. We also know how much you love your millions of dollars in salaries. I’m sorry, I didn’t hear much more than that as I was distracted by watching Sidney Crosby’s lips flapping. I can’t help but wonder if he was wearing his yellow Crocs at the time of filming the video. I also loved how much he kept saying how he loved getting on the ice. (Yeah, for maybe half a season.) ‘It’s all about the fans’ blah blah blah. No, it’s not. It’s all about the almighty dollar. About the NHL’s letter, well, that’s a piece of work too. It does absolutely nothing to comfort me as a fan. I will post both on here, read for yourself and comment on what you think. I stand behind my team and the players 100%. But give in a little bit and get this thing resolved, please. To the NHL an the NHLPA I say don’t bother writing letters to the fans or making videos. Don’t spend the money, or more importantly, the time. Time that could be used talking to each other and getting the CBA done. I mean seriously, how much do you think it cost for the time and labor that went into making that simple video? How much time, with the editing and all, do you think it took? I’ll shut up now. Judge for yourselves.
Mar 30, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) on the bench against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
The following message to fans was issued by the National Hockey League on Sunday:
Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.
Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League’s economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players — as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players’ Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation — not through rhetoric.
This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.