While we’d like to think that somehow, somewhere, sanity can prevail and the National Hockey League owners and players can settle on a new contract, reality says otherwise.
At this point, it’s not a stretch to say the 2012-13 regular season is over, that it will be cancelled.
At the very least, those fans still interested should now move on with their lives, and perhaps wait to see if any players start showing up at the food bank. While that is unlikely, for those not currently playing in Europe, missing an entire season’s salary is going to hurt.
And for owners, their franchises remaining financially stagnant is not a positive situation, either. Think of the situation involving the Nashville Predators, as the club had to cut a cheque for a $13 million bonus payment to defenceman Shea Weber of Sicamous, as bonuses are not impacted by the current lockout.
Hockey pundits are trying hard to keep fans interested in the progress of the talks, but really they are only trying to justify the importance of their own jobs, because nobody cares. Been there done that, heard it all before.
Ultimately, from the beginning of this lockout, there has been a big pot of money sitting on the table, and the NHL owners and players can’t agree on how to split it up. Sadly, for it appears we have kissed off an entire NHL season.
– Kelowna Capital News