As the National Hockey League slides slowly into oblivion (Mama, didn’t they used to play hockey in the winter??), it would seem that the players are beginning to understand the reality of the situation. The realty is that, unless you live north of the 49th Parallel, NO ONE CARES.
Quick…who won the Stanley Cup this past June? See what I mean? (By the way, it was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yeah, I know…. Lord Stanley wintering in Florida? No wonder the NHL is so f——d up, eh?)
Finally, in month three, there appears to have been something resembling honest-to-God conversations between the players and owners. For awhile, it didn’t even appear that they had each other’s cell numbers.
The latest proposal to come out of the players’ camp involves an immediate 24% rollback in salaries. OK, so if this is accepted by the owners, players will only be 76% as obscenely wealthy as they are now. No one is going to be in danger of having to wonder where their next Big Mac is coming from.
Will this proposal turn into the first sign of a thaw? Will owners counter with a proposal of their own? Will the evil Lord Bettman kill the patient in order to “save” it? Will Frodo finally get the ring? No one should be holding their breath just yet.
Stay tuned, ya’ll…if you still care.