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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The end is near


About a half an hour to go. The clock is ticking and all signs are pointing towards the cancellation of the NHL season. There was a minor flurry of action last night, but not enough movement for the two sides to come to an agreement.

Both sides have stated that they can move no further from their current positions and have now gone to their respective time-out chairs to sulk.

My question is, now that they have come so far, wasted the last six months bantering like children, finally agreed to speak the same language, why are they willing to turn out the lights now that the only difference seems to be the cap number - not the philosophy?

Throughout this entire process, it's been clear that the NHLPA and NHL interpret the situation from polarized viewpoints. The NHLPA seems to be negotiating off of the last CBA. Meanwhile, the NHL is negotiating like there is no CBA, and an entire economic system must be created from nothing.

As a result, here we sit, the hockey loving public, laden with anticipation, waiting for the end to be officially declared.

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