What's Wrong With A Lockout?

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March 10, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

For those of you that know me, I am back to stretching my cerebral hammy posting hockey content to the new and improved BBTB site! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is William Morden and I used to be a regular contributor. And, now that we’ve got that covered…

What could I possibly have to offer in terms of entertaining, heavily opinionated conversation fodder during this preseason lockout? Well, for starters, I think we as hockey fans (not NHL fans, but Hockey fans) have one good thing going for us as we round out September 2012… we aren’t necessarily being lied to about the CBA situation, there’s just simply nothing to report. Players want a bigger piece of the pie, they’re better organized than they were eight years ago, and the League and owners don’t see the need to budge just yet (not much money in preseason anyway).

Though I do wish they’d get on with it, I think the writing is on the wall that this might end up being a longer process than most think. Consider the fact that a lot of skillful players are signing with or venturing into other markets while we await the CBA negotiations to recommence/complete (from our very own Victor Hedman to Ovechkin, Datsyuk, SpezzaThorntonSemin, Rinne and the list goes on… these players mean to play and be paid for their service in any League or for any team). If this process was simply going to last through the preseason, I don’t think so many NHL stars would bother signing with other teams and travelling to meet those leagues, teams, and market demands.

So, where’s the “one good thing” in all this?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mrieman Mark Allen

    The players don’t want a bigger piece – they just want their current contracts honored , including the money that was thrown around over the summer and the hours leading up to the lockout-

    • http://twitter.com/thefrozenpond TFPR

      That’s the “bigger piece” I was referring to… the higher paying contracts across the board. However, I meant the column to express that as North American hockey fans, we’ve had it made.
      The internationally elite players have mostly played in the NHL the past 20+ years, and now they get to dig in for these negotiations while playing in front of their fans from around the globe.

      Hopefully, everything will get sorted out quickly, and we won’t miss out on an entire year of hockey. But, maybe we as fans this side of the Atlantic will gain a greater appreciation for this sport and for our fellow hockey fans abroad.