Greetings Caniacs! Well we are in full swing of the 2012 lockout. This week was supposed to be the beginning of the NHL preseason, however the NHL has cancelled the first 5 scheduled games. I am sure many more games will follow. On a positive note, the league’s deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke to reporters after meeting with officials from the NHL Players’ Association about last year’s hockey-related revenue.
It appears that the owners are on stand by and are awaiting another Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal from the NHLPA. The owners were the last to submit a proposal which was presented to the NHLPA on September 12th. The owners claim they are committed to get a deal done and avoid missing any regular season games. It goes without saying that the owners, as well as the players, want to get a deal done prior to the start of the season. Realistically speaking, the two parties have to begin negotiating on the core topic which is Hockey Related Revenue (HRR).
With more and more NHL players packing their bags to play overseas and a majority of the younger core of NHL hockey players choosing to play minor league hockey, it appears the players are staying united in preparation for a long lockout. Let’s face it, a player like Rick Nash who just got traded to the New York Rangers recently wouldn’t just pack his bags to play overseas for a few weeks. He would most likely work out with his teammates in an arena that was not affiliated with the Rangers. This is just one example of what many NHL players are trying to figure out. As far as our Hurricanes go, many of the players are still finding ice time together locally in Raleigh.
There are many opinions floating around via Twitter, Facebook and various NHL blog pages regarding the current lockout. How long will it continue? None of us has a crystal ball to see into the future. The key to the negotiations are that both parties need to be talking to each other. Unlike the 2004-05 lockout where neither party would speak to the other for months, at least this time around the lines of communication are moderately open. I believe both parties will officially meet in the near future, presenting another proposal at the bargaining table by the beginning of October. Whether the meeting actually produces anything will be a different matter.
While we are waiting, it appears that the 2012 Caniac Carnival is still going to happen on September 30th at the PNC Arena. Although none of the Hurricanes players will be there, who can resist seeing Stormy and getting a chance to participate in the Crazy Caniac Challenge? The event is open to the public and best of all it is free. Along with the Carnival taking place this weekend, the Charlotte Checkers individual game tickets are now on sale. So if you really want to see some hockey head on over to Charlotte and support your Checkers.