As a general rule of thumb: all labor negotiations for American professional sports leagues typically give me ice cream headaches so I can’t lie and say that I’ve been glued to the coverage of the NHL lockout. NHL commissioner/Public Enemy No. 1 Gary Bettman set this Thursday as the deadline for a deal to be reached. If that happens, a 48-game regular season could conceivably begin on Jan. 19. Otherwise, they’ll be forced to cancel yet another full season.
Take this fact however you want but a bunch of the Bruins that had been playing in Europe earlier have trickled back into the area recently. David Krejci (Czech Republic), Patrice Bergeron (Switzerland), Tuukka Rask (Finland), Zdeno Chara (Russia), Chris Kelly (Switzerland) and Rich Peverley (Finland) have all returned and they’ve been skating with teammates at local rinks.
Until a final deal is reached, I can’t get too excited about anything related to the NHL. Like being forced to watch a marathon of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” during a blizzard, this latest needless lockout by the NHL has left its fans frustrated, fed up, annoyed and wondering why they support this clown show operation in the first place. We have all seen what a winter without the NHL feels like and let’s just say it’s not too enjoyable. Things would only get even uglier whenever the Patriots are done in the playoffs.