What Do They Know That We Don’t?

Who isn’t ready for hockey season?

Anybody who even remotely follows the Edmonton Oilers or the National Hockey League is probably well aware of the very real possibility of that whole lockout thing scheduled to kick off at midnight as Saturday turns into Sunday.

Fans know this.  Players know this.  Family and friends of players and fans know this.

If this is the case, then why is the NHL going about business like nothing out of the ordinary is going on?

Take today, for instance.  The NHL.com site is running a story about “fantasy sleepers that could pay dividends“.  Normally, that’s not a huge issue this time of year (and I’m not too awful sure about Milan Hedjuk having a 60 point season either), but I’m assuming they’re aware of this whole labour issue that’s likely to hit the fan in a few days, right?

It’s not just the NHL.com website, either.  Take the above tweet that was re-tweeted by the Edmonton Oilers.  It’s like a giant thermos of lemonade to a guy who’s been crawling through the desert for the past three days.  Ice is ready, which is great if all you plan on seeing are the Oil Kings.

What if I’m a fan of a team that doesn’t have the demand for season tickets like Edmonton does?  Say I’m a Blue Jackets fan.  I wouldn’t go saying that too loud, but let’s say it for the sake of the sake of the argument.

At $100, I might be willing to take the chance. Screenshot courtesy BlueJackets.NHL.com

Knowing what I know might happen in a week, what is my incentive to buy this?  On paper, it’s a great deal.  Six games of your choice (including the home opener), and a $10 credit towards a pizza?  Pretty good, actually.  But, there’s no guarantee these games will be played.  What’s my incentive to buy this? It’s not like there’s a shortage of tickets in Columbus.  Couldn’t I just buy this when hockey starts up again?

Anything can happen between now and the end of the week, it’s true.  But if it’s Sunday the 16th and a labour agreement hasn’t been reached, I’m not liking my prospects for NHL  hockey in 2012.

It appears the league hasn’t thought this far ahead yet.  Of course, they might not care, either.

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