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, Spezza, Thornton, Semin, 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?