With the NHL lockout seeming as if it isn’t going away anytime soon the league decided to cancel the entire September preseason schedule. The 2012 preseason was slated to begin last night with the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Ottawa Senators however hockey fans were robbed of that game and 59 more just like it over an eight day span.
The NHL has yet to make any announcement on the October preseason games that are scheduled to run from the 1st until the 8th and are definitely mum as far as the regular season (which is scheduled to begin on October 11th) with this lockout now reaching day seven and showing absolutely no signs of ending anytime soon.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA President Donald Fehr have no meetings scheduled between the league, owners and player representatives in the upcoming days but something needs to be done immediately and the two sides need to meet every day until this situation can be resolved before another season long lockout (as in 2004-05) occurs again.
As I stated in a previous article the two sides are split on hockey related revue as the owners want a 57% share of said revenue where as the players don’t want to talk percentage and are speaking in terms of plain dollars and cents and are willing to accept nothing less than a guarantee of $1.8 billion.
The two sides are running out of time before October 11th and if they don’t make any kind of head way to coming to an agreement than the commissioner will probably begin to cancel regular season games within the next two weeks or so. If a deal isn’t reached within this week sometime then the entire preseason will likely be cancelled.
Come on NHL; Bettman, owners and players right now all of you guys are on the clock. Your sport barely survived after the ’04-’05 lockout, if there is another one this season there may not be any coming back from it.