My dad was battling cancer during the last lockout and didn't have his beloved Leafs to help him deal with it. Unfortunately, he passed away July 12, 2005. They announced the end of the lockout on July 13, 2005.
Sorry dude, that really sucks. Shows how unimportant these self-important primadonnas really are in life.
I think people are reading way too much into the NHLPA's filing to dismiss the case. They had to respond before January 7, and they've done so. They can and likely will continue on with negotiations with the league and as I said when the NHL filed its motion, I doubt this case to determine the legality of the lockout sees the light of day in court.
Give the NHL it's 10-8 on CBA term, get pensions and split the cap number to 63.5...done. What annoys me the most about this lockout is a bunch of econ students could have negotiated this deal months ago.
Since the most any team is losing annually is generally well below ten million a year, I'm sure the huge cash cows pulling in huge profits can surely find a way to bring those franchises up to par.
Edit: Geez, never mind. CBJ and Phoenix account for about 40 million. A good start would be moving the Coyotes somewhere else. CBJ has shown in the past they can draw big crowds, they just need to get good management.
... I know you've edited, but in any case... for the bolded, to what end? Just getting them to break even doesn't do much for me as an owner. It isn't like a barely profitable team is more exciting to watch than one that is losing $40M a year. The roster would presumably be the same unless we start sharing enough that they can do what Minnesota did... and then what does *that* do for me as an individual owner... not good!
Further... it isn't like the NBC says... oh, well we were going to pay you $X for our next TV contract, but now we'll pay you Y because CBJ are breaking even.
If the point is just to have the teams stick around long enough to dilute the talent pool in exchange for a few more fans that don't come to my building and buy my jerseys, why should I care?