And on the 7th day the hockey gods rested. After all they have spent the past 5 days working like fools to break the hearts of millions of fans. Fans that don’t understand why teams can sign players to contracts that are twice as long as would be allowed under the proposed new contract. Knowing the maximum length of contracts would become an issue in the contract negotiation. It seems to me that one of the problems with the NHL owners is that they spend a lot of time trying to wrangle around the contract that they have in place now.
This brings to mind the old adage of the 10 Commandments vs the zillion laws that are in place to try and detail them.
In 2005, a number of rule changes and interpretations were made to speed up the game and make the game more interesting for fans. These changes worked, perhaps too well as the concussion problems resulting from the faster pace are a huge issue. Perhaps the biggest NHL star, Sidney Crosby has lost more games to concussion issues in the past 2 seasons then he has played. Our own R J Umburger had his iron man streak of consecutive games played stopped with “concussion like symptoms”
But despite these changes helping to bring hockey to it’s highest popularity and biggest bucks, there will be no such incentive to assist in bringing fans back to NHL hockey after the lockout. Players and owners both had best be aware, the golden goose may not be killed, but it could be seriously injured!!!!
And, what the Hell– As we say in Columbus, GO BUCKS