“Today…was not overly encouraging.”
– NHL Deputy Comissioner Bill Daly, 02 October 2012 (AP)
Just when I thought I couldn’t find anyone more discouraged by the thought of losing the season, Bill Daly throws me a shovel.
HONEY, TURN IT TO THAT LOCKOUT CHANNEL
Preseason hockey is fun. Spare me the talk of how the games don’t mean anything, I like watching guys like Taylor Fedun and Kiril Tulupov claw for a chance to hit the sixth spot on this Oiler club. Corey Potter and Lennart Petrell are two examples of training camp long shots that ended up playing a good chunk of minutes last season. And while I find emerging players and story lines interesting, that doesn’t change the fact that the games are worth jack squat in the standings. Partly because of this fact, tickets are cheaper, and less people are interested in games that don’t count towards the regular season standings.
So you might imagine my surprise when Bill Daly says that the NHL has lost a hundred million dollars in revenue due to the cancelled preseason.
Three things enter my mind when I hear “one hundred million dollars”.
- Seriously, 100 million dollars? On two weeks of preseason games? In what universe are we living?
- Did Bill Daly unintentionally tip his hand?
A hundred million dollars. I’m having trouble here. Is that the real number? Is that even close to the real number?
By the looks of things, it appears that the players are going to have to be the ones who have to make the first concession if they’d like to get the season started anytime in 2012. But why would Bill Daly offer up a number like $100M if his hands weren’t at least getting a little sweaty?
And where is this hundred million dollars in the preseason coming from?
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