Paging Dr. Kevorkian
So, it has come to this. The NHL is finally about to pull the plug on the season, thus ending the comical process that has commenced in lieu of an authentic collective bargaining process. Little do they seem to realize that doing so may mean the slow, painful death of the NHL.
After all was said and nothing was done in last-ditch (hopefully last) meetings, Bob Goodenow had very brief comments for the media.
."We met the last couple of days, tried to cover some issues and maybe a few new issues to see if there was a possibility of some common ground and some traction, but that isn't the case," Goodenow told reporters in New York before leaving.That's been the reality for the past 5 months, and with no further talks planned, why did Gary Bettman not immediately march out of the board room to officially announce the cancellation of the season?
"The parties agreed to stay in touch but there's really no progress to report of any type. That's the reality."
We've also been told that the lines of communication remain open. So what?!? No common ground has been found, and none is likely to be found through this absurd excuse for a "bargaining" process. Does anyone else believe that both frontmen - Bettman and Goodenow - should be axed forthwith and leaders that have the right amount of gumption and flexible enough egos should be brought in to do what should have been done months ago?
The NHL is committing suicide. There is no conceivable way that an entire season should have been casually thrown out the penthouse window. The casualties are many; the players lose salaries, and in some cases, careers; the owners lose revenue; the NHL as a league loses all respect and credibility; and the fans lose evrything.
That's assuming that the fans are still there.
At this point, why would any self respecting fan ever want to come back to this pathetic excuse for a league? Think about it - the on-ice game stinks, the financial status of the NHL is ridiculous, mismanagement and idiotic tactics by GM's and owners reign supreme, player salaries have skyrocketed, contract holdouts and messy contract negotiations are the norm, ticket prices remain out of reach for even the most committed fans, and worst of all, those fans that have supported the NHL have been completely ignored through this entire process.
So really...where's the fun?!?!? Hockey has become all business and it stinks. The fun has completely vanished, the honeymoon ended years ago.
Am I bitter? Of course I am. The NHL and PA have had more than ample time to come to some sort of agreement, yet they couldn't do it and the consequences appear to matter not to those directly involved.
So come on down Dr. Kevorkian. Kill the NHL and put us all out of our misery.