With the lockout now official, the Anaheim Ducks have a message for their fans:
Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.
Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum.
While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League’s economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players — as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players’Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation — not through rhetoric.
This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.
I can’t explain how disappointed I am with this lockout. Hockey is one of the things I look forward to the most during the calender year. This is the fourth NHL lockout to occur in my lifetime, wait, that means all of them have occurred in my lifetime……I’m sorry guys, it must be me. However, I was barely cognizant for the first two, being born in 1992. In my opinion, a lockout should never even occur. The game of hockey has become too much of a business in the last 20 years, again, sorry if I’m the reason.
The Norfolk Admirals should be sick this year, just a little side note!
Anyway, back to the lockout. There is still a chance for the lockout to end and for us to have some sort of season. However, there is a widespread belief that this lockout could be a lengthy one.
So, bare with us here as we try to find some interesting material for you guys to read. Jared and I have talked about some possible posts, but we shall see how this all works out.