After having discarded 43% of the season, which according to the NHL equals approximately 526 games that would have been played from October 11th through December 30th, players and owners reached an tentative (and heavy emphasis, yes?, on tentative) agreement in need of quick ratification to save the remaining 57% of the 2012-13 schedule.
I feel neither optimism nor the alternative with regards to the latest news, but after scouring my usual sources here at work, chances are strong that we may be seeing hockey by the end of the month. And earlier in the week, reports from various papers here in New York stated that the first series of games slated to inaugurate the season will feature rivalries, in hopes of drawing in fans as quickly as possible. Makes sense, if you ask this guy. Would love to start the year with a Rangers-Islanders game at the Coliseum (and a win would be nice, too!)
NHL: start playing after the Super Bowl! Allow football fans to finish out their season, and when they’re searching for something to fill in the void, hockey will be there to ameliorate the situation. Hey, whatever works right?
In my previous article regarding the lockout, I mentioned that the NHL and its players need to arrive at some sort of public appeal to its fan base (an APOLOGY, really) similar to the one in which the NBA participated, heralding their love for the game and appreciation for the fans that pay for their salaries. As of yet, not one public word. Twitter doesn’t count, people. I want to see commericals on ESPN across the board, recognizing the extent of the damage done to the little people that make hockey happen. Let’s go NHL: sign the deal, apologize, and play the damn game.
More on this later in the week.
For now, I am waiting with bated breath…but all is looking good…maybe.