The NHL has announced the cancellation of the 2012-13 beginning season schedule through October 24th, 2012.There goes the panic of trying to get to an agreement before the season openers. It is like they were sitting back saying, "We have time, oh crap no we don't! Lets make time." Alright so they didn't really say that, but it feels like they did. The logical question is, when are they going to talk? When I mean talk, I mean about the core economic issues. That is the heart of the NHL and NHLPA's disagreement. These talks are few and far between and it has become annoying. I am sure I am not the only one ticked at this point.
Lets shift gears for a moment and think what is the common factor between all three of the NHL lockouts (1994-95, 04-05, 12-13). DING, DING, Gary Bettman! Don't get me wrong he has done a lot for the league, it has grown and become even more successful. However, he has dealt with all this lockouts. Everytime the league has had some type of a lockout and it doesn't look fatterning on the resume.
You know at first I wasn't going to choose a side, but after all this crap I have had enough and the NHL has ticked me off. I love hockey and I just want to have a season. The NHL is coming off as the bad guy and I have to say they are. It seems like they are sticking up their noses at the fans. I want a season and soon, so the NHL and the NHLPA need to grow up and act like adults (putting their egos aside). Then we can get back to watching hockey and I can write post on how awesome the Pens are.