||[Dec. 7th, 2012|06:45 am]
So getting the owners and players together directly didn't do any good. It looks like both sides are farther apart than ever now. It looks like we're about to lose yet another entire NHL season.|
Or will we?
I've noticed in past labor negotiations that both sides seem to play close to the vest about what progress is truely made. In other words, while both sides are spouting off rhetoric about how far apart they remain, there's ususally someone involved in the negotiations that contiues to work to a solution that goes unheard. I'm sort of hoping that's the case here and time will tell.
What if this is the end though? I would actually be ok with the league dissolving completely, as long as a competitive North American alternative league was created AND I have the option of seeing not beer league quality hockey (Hello San Francisco Bulls / Stockton Thunder!) locally. Maybe this could be an emancipated AHL or ECHL, a return of the WHL, or a completely new league? Any would work as long as it would bring in the top talent or at least close to top talent.
It's an interesting idea for sure, but I'm pretty sure we'll be stuck with the package we have in the end.