NHL Lockout: Will Two-Week Season Cancellation Change CBA Negotiations?

October 5th, 2012 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
Officially, the 2012 NHL lockout began almost three weeks ago.

But, in many ways, the work stoppage's real impact is only beginning now.

No longer are the players and owners toiling through summer's dog days in their stubborn misery. No longer are Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr and a buffalo herd of others making empty threats about "when that time comes."

No longer is the lockout a childish game of silly proposals and unreasonable arguments.

The 2012-13 season is now truly on the line, and its first two weeks have already been added to the casualty list; there will be no hockey until Oct. 24, at the earliest. One of the most improbable lockouts in sports history is officially a reality.

More than a reality, in truth.

Now, the focus shifts back to the negotiation table. Will the cancellation of games, which has long seemed inevitable but nonetheless distant, give Bettman, Fehr & Co. the action-inducing kick in the rear many fans have been hoping for?


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