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Hoping For The Best, But Expecting The Worst



Tonight was supposed to be the opening night of the 2012-13 NHL season.  The 95th season of play was to be ushered in with four games tonight.

Depending on your tastes, you could’ve gone with Ottawa and Montreal, or perhaps you’re more Flames / Canucks.  Someone’s got to lose that one.  A Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader on Saturday featuring Montreal and Toronto followed by Edmonton / Vancouver won’t be happening either.

I’ve been labelled a ‘brightsider‘ before, in that even when saddled with some of the worst odds in the world, I try to look for the silver pieces.  The fact is?  There’s no silver here.  Not now, not for a while.  At least for the foreseeable future, there’s no NHL hockey.  In two weeks, there’ll be no NHL hockey either.  And there probably won’t be any NHL hockey in a month or two.


There’s no silver, get away.  Something major is going to have to give.  I don’t think the players are going to wake up in the next month, see the same deal as they’re looking at, turn to each other, and say “well, this looks good, we ought to take this”.  And, as much as I don’t think the players are going to do that, I believe less that the owners are going to do that.  Let’s put it like this:  the NHL and the PA have been having meetings for some time now, yes?  Some of the heavy hitters in media emerge with tidbits like this.



We’re not even in the same geographical territory here as far as negotiations. The two sides are apples and power tools compared to where they need to be. Not even close. Don Fehr says that there were no new developments today, but his brother Steve said that some economic issues were talked about.

Not even close.


Oh, there’s AHL hockey in Oklahoma City, and you ought to get comfy knowing that’ll be there.  With Taylor Hall likely getting cleared in a week or so, you’ll have the Young Guns down there minus Yakupov, Schultz will be getting his reps in, and it’s the best we’ll have for some time.  You’ve got the Oil Kings, or whomever you do so choose to watch at the junior level.  Take up a hobby, like yo-yo, or maybe you’re a gardener and you’ve got a window box like nobody’s business.  I know of at least one guy who’ll be spending his time wisely, enjoying family time and likely having more occasions for recreational activities other than spending it on the Oilers and the NHL.

I assume he’s not the only one.

Maybe there’s lightning in a bottle at one of the meetings coming up.

The NHL can’t hold out forever.

Can they?

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