Mar. 30, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; An American flag is projected onto the ice during the signing of the national anthem prior to the game between the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Lockout 2012: Gridlock!

I may find myself with a few new enemies, but I am going to say… I told you so!

All the protests and phone calls to NHL offices in New York City will not help find an immediate resolution to Lockout 2012.  Why?  The NHL and NHLPA have been sputtering along with short-term resolutions to the economic problems that started to plague the league since it’s first lockout.

2004-05 was the last lockout, and Bob Goodenow (former-NHLPA Director) predicted this would happen if the last CBA was ratified.  Fast forward to 2012.  I kept saying to fellow fans who would listed to me that they need to be prepared for a lockout.  Why?

Let me start with the ridiculous contracts the owners allowed their General Managers to dish out.  There are players that did not deserve the contracts they received, but did to keep them (or to get them) signed to a new team, or the current team they have played many years with.

No one is listening.  The complaints about “we want hockey” continue.  I agree.  However, as a poster on this site, and another site called Bolts By The Bay…  I have written that it is a waste of time.  There is no sense of urgency to rush through a new CBA.  It makes perfect sense to go through this process… slowly.

The NHL has canceled it’s first batch of games today, and will continue to do so until the entire season is lost. There are no new talks scheduled, but some might occur next week.

This is a mess of gigantic proportions… and, it’s going to take time to resolve it.

 

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