April 23, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (19) shakes hands with Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) after winning game six of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at the United Center. The Coyotes beat the Blackhawks 4-0 to advance in the playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Today could be the day that turns the tide in the lockout between the NHL and NHLPA. An owners/players meeting without the two people we disdain the most, Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman. This meeting will only have a select few owners and a select few players coming to meet to discuss the topics and hopefully getting both sides on the right path to a new CBA and the start of the 2012-2013 season.
One of those players that will be in attendance today will be Jonathan Toews. He might as well just put on the C for the entire group and be the leader in this discussion today. Hopefully he hasn’t drank too much Donald Fehr Kool-Aid when he shows up and has more of an open mind and willingness to be flexible and get this lockout in the rear view mirror. What a way to add to his legacy than to be at the podium in a week or so at a news conference talking about today as the day that the lockout began to crumble.
It could be a double edge sword though if the meeting like the ones with the Federal Mediator goes nowhere. Toews could be looked at in disgust as just a puppet of the NHLPA with no ability to make changes and move from the stubborn stance it is taking. This lockout not only hurts their wallets, but it hurts a lot of people from concession workers to ticket takers to people that park cars that count on these games for their income. Toews cannot be just a mouth piece for Donald Fehr today but be the leader that he has become within the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
Will today be a day to remember or just another of the past 80ish days of this lockout that leaves no end in site. Our Captain will have a major say in the outcome. Captain Serious help…..
END THE LOCKOUT TODAY!!!!