Greetings Caniacs! What a dramatic week that has unfolded in the NHL. If you are a social media guru or if you have satellite radio you know exactly what I am talking about. You can pretty much logon to twitter and get a play by play of the CBA. Now I understand there are frustrated Caniacs out there that have stopped following the madness, however it is comical to read the tweets such as “Donald Fehr left the room and appears to not come back…wait he was just using the restroom.” Really? I guess this is what we can expect now that a majority of the public has or follows a twitter account or Facebook account.
The NHL and NHLPA have had several meetings this week with some positive momentum along with the much feared Board of Governors meeting that many thought would interfere with the current negotiation process. The negotiation committees for the owners and players are scheduled to meet later today and continue to end this dreadful lockout.
I admit I have been a teeter totter regarding the CBA. I understand both parties wants and needs, however what I have continued to struggle with is how they will make things right with the fans. If they even attempt to do so. This is all about the money and money can show the true emotions of all, even our beloved Hurricanes.
If you have followed the CBA lately you have heard the words “traction”, “crucial moment” and “critical meeting”. It shows that we are approaching a decision if we will have a season and if so when it will start. If there is a CBA that both parties agree on in the next few days Caniacs can expect a 50-60 game schedule however all of this will be determined when both parties look at the deal and agree on it.
It is my cautious opinion that we will have hockey by the end of the year. I could very well see the season starting as soon as the 22nd of December. With that being said, that is my hearts opinion, my brain tells me it is more likely that the New Year will be the start of the season. We should know more soon due to the fact that the NHL has officially cancelled games through December 14th. You would think that a deal is in the works otherwise the NHL would be cancelling another chunk of games in the next few days.
Caniacs, keep your fingers crossed. If you haven’t wrote your letter to Santa please do so… and while you are at it tell him you want NHL hockey for Christmas.