I think the season is gone. Just doesn't seem like they want to take this seriously and get it done. If they did they would be meeting around the clock.
They're just too wrapped up in the negotiation at this point - specifically the power and the leverage aspect. Both sides are sitting around waiting for the other to bend and come crawling back to the table - to show that sign of weakness.
The handful of people that can swing this thing are not concerned about any sort of end-game that would be beneficial to the game or its fans.
Ive already put limited funds into the league after the 2004-2005 lockout, and that was a lockout that at least revolved around a fundamental battle of the league's financial model. I wont put another dime into the league for the rest of my life if they can't pull this season out - specifically because the issues delaying a deal amount to nothing but "rich guy problems" on both sides.
Fans who show up for games after this should be the most ashamed. Both sides took a huge dump on the fans again.
Want to make a statement? Stay home.
But people won't and they will whine again when the next dump comes.
What's even worse is the people who feel they are the authority on what people should do after the lockout and say nobody should care about the NHL and hockey but continue to post on these boards on this subject.
Go post on a Knicks message board.
A couple of usually-pessimistic NHL people predicted to me, about a CBA deal...
...that we'll still have a season. Nobody wants to go through a court process. They believe that these are final scare tactics before they make a deal.
Do I believe them? I have no idea anymore. I really don't have a gut feeling on this thing anymore. Not that my "gut feelings" ever mattered a hill of beans in this.
"Too many owners want to play for this season to be wiped out", said one 30-year veteran of the game as a player and in management told me.
If we weren't a cup contender, I wouldn't be as pissed off. The fact that we could have won a cup this season is what's getting me SO ANGRY.
Not to mention, CBJ has our 1st round pick this season, imagine if they won the draft lottery?
I would want them to win it. What do I care if a Western conference team is good? Would you prefer that Pitt takes another #1? Or that the Devils team that is out of prospects and with a lot of UFAs be able to rebuild itself with a superstar drafted first overall? Would it be good if the Isles got another #1 to add to their already very strong young core (their forwards were already good and this year they drafted another 7 defensemen)? Do you want the #1 to go to Philthy? Boston? Washington?
But the biggest reason I'd want CBJ to win it is that we'll get the #1 overall pick in every subsequent round. I'd much rather get a #31 in the second round where we can get a Skjei-like talent than if we get a #59 in the second round where our guy has statistically a 12-13% chance of playing in the NHL.