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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Lockout Officially Begins

Today is the day that the NHL season was supposed to kick off. My Wings were scheduled to play tomorrow in Edmonton. I'm really mad at both sides. The owners claim poverty (yeah, right) from a collective bargaining agreement that they negotiated and renewed once. It was also their bright idea to go for the quick cash grab of starting new franchises in places where no one cares about hockey. Great moves, guys! The players on the other hand are making more money than the popularity of the sport warrants, yet they absolutely refuse to accept a salary cap. Smart business.

My prediction is that this season will not be lost. Once players lose a couple months worth of paychecks, there will be tremendous pressure on the union to negotiate. There are enough owners in places like New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Colorado who probably didn't want this mess in the first place to force the issue. There will likely be a shortened season starting in January. If this season is entirely lost, then both sides are far more stupid then I ever would have dreamed.

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