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Off Season Blues

Now that development camp is over, I’m really jonesing for hockey season to just start already. Hell, I’ll even be excited when pre-season starts to see some of the new Flyers rookies on the ice trying to impress the coaches to put them in when the season officially opens. I’m sure that the guys on the blog are feeling the same way, as I am, considering that they have been banging out some great posts lately. In the off-season not too much is going on, other than news of trades and free agency deals, so with 5 other writers on the site, I find it difficult to think of what to write about. That being said, expect a lot of opt-ed posts from me, giving you a female fan perspective.  Which to honest, isn’t that much different. We’re just as hardcore fans as the guys.

With that being said, when I came on twitter the other day to hear rumors of a possible NHL work stoppage, I was heart broken. Right now the owners and the NHLPA are still in negotiations so nothing is set in stone, but with a proposed 11% cut to player’s salary to cut back on the salary cap, there is a possibility of another player’s lockout.

There is also the possiblity that I might go insane, if I don’t get to watch hockey come October. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  Hockey is just my first love, and I like other sports but nothing can really compare to it. I guess field hockey might, but it’s not quite as hard hitting as seeing a player on skates getting checked into the boards or seeing a Hartnell Down.

Anyway, my point is, another lockout for the NHL will not be a good thing. The only way it will benefit anyone, is that it will benefit the AHL and other minor leagues because hockey fans will be desperate to watch hockey so they’ll flock to the minor leagues just to catch a game.  I might be among them.

I understand the reasons why it might be necessary for this lockout, but IF it happens it might just hurt hockey in America more than anything. America’s love of the sport is not yet comparable to it’s fandom in Canada. There still are strides that the NHL needs to go to in order to garner more fan support, especially in the Western Conference. With the LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup this year for the first time in their franchise history, the wheels are starting to turn, but they will most likely come to a screeching halt if the season doesn’t start when it’s supposed to.

There’s not really much on a fan level for us to do, but just hope that John LaMarra is right by saying that most likely the two parties will come together to find a middle ground. I know I hope my fellow Broadstreetbuzz blogger is right in his predictions. I’m already going crazy not being able to watch hockey every other night, if this turns into a whole season, then I really will have nothing to ever blog about.

Thanks for reading!

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