September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHL players register for the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Lockout Mode Activated

For those that may not have heard…  we are now in Lockout Mode.  This is the 4th lockout (3rd under Gary Bettman).  Now, I know alot of fans are calling for his head, but I do not subscribe to the notion that he needs to be fired.

There was a demonstration at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, here in Tampa, that called for exactly that.  It is very clear that some fans do not subscribe to the fact that the economic side of the NHL is broken, but in reality… it is, and must be repaired for the long term security of the greatest sport in the world.

I must remind people that Bob Goodenow (former NHLPA Director) forecast this was going to happen when the last CBA was being worked on… and, ultimately signed.  This is a fact that must not be over looked.

While I can go on for hours about this… I will not do it.  I am just asking my fellow fans to think hard about why this is happening, and who it is hurting.  The players are not getting paid during the lockout.  The employees of the Tampa Bay Times Forum are on edge as hockey is a big part of why they are employed.  Think about Channelside District’s shops, the Tampa Bay History Center, and the surrounding businesses.  And, we’re going to cry about missing out on 60 minutes of hockey?

Things happen for a reason, and things that happen for a reason are meant to be a wake up call to everyone.

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