Blackhawks News

The Final Minor Casualty

By Keith Schultz

Feb. 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces the 2013 Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs during a press conference at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

As expected the NHL announced that the entire pre-season slate of games are cancelled.  This was not a surprising announcement, and so the last of the minor flesh wounds are complete. Training camp days, September pre-season, and entire pre-season are cancelled, and Chicago Blackhawks are starting to make European plans.  The next thing that gets cancelled will be more serious when regular season games are finding their way to the chopping block.

The good news is that after almost two weeks of no news both sides Will be back at the negotiating tables today! The even better news is that both the owners and the NHLPA have blocked off the entire weekend for negotiations to get the ball rolling to end this senseless lockout.

The regular season is suppose to start on October 11 so both sides need to get to work and get a lot knocked out to make this start date even a possibility.  Odds are that the entire month of October will be knocked unless one side is willing to budge.  The twitter reports from Patrick Sharp state that the NHLPA is as strong as it has ever been.  This does not sound like a stance that lends itself to compromise.  It will take compromise from one or both sides to end the fourth work stoppage in almost 20 years.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that both sides use the entire blocked off weekend to mend fences, negotiate and get at least closer to a new CBA.  We want hockey on the ice and not in Europe or Rockford! We want the United Center back in action with Chelsea Daggrer blaring from the PA!!