Friday, the NHL announced the cancellation of it's schedule through December 14th, and more importantly, the NHL All-Star weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
NEW YORK - The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through December 14. The NHL also announced the cancellation of the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio. The cancellations are necessary due to the absence of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.
A total of 422 regular-season games -- 34.3 percent of the season -- were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Dec. 14.
"The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible."
Are you annoyed yet? Indifferent? It seems the only people who think the NHL is strong enough a league to withstand this moronic lockout are the players and the owners.
After a brief meeting Wednesday, a meeting in which the NHLPA made large concessions towards the owners, there hasn't been a formal meeting scheduled. What the NHL and NHLPA lack in urgency, the fans are beginning to lack in feeling or passion. Anger has turned to apathy and frustration.
As the days and weeks drag on...my hopes for a season grow less and less. Now, there's talk of NHLPA decertification. Many believe that could be the final step in guaranteeing no 2012-13 season.
The news keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?