I wouldn't say it's dead but it's no doubt on life support. It's really sad that this is the 4th lockout/strike in the last 20 years and the second in the last 8 years. Fucking unreal. But let's take out the players and owners for one minute. No matter what happens, one man needs to go and go now and that is Gary Bettman. IMO, he has ruined this game more than the owners and players combined. They each deserve some blame in this mess but Gary is the real bum in this mess. Go away, Gary.
For us over here it would mean a lot of NHL players will turn up in out league ( so far our top league has turned NHL players down and they have to play in the second league ). Personally im against it since our local team is doing great right now and there are some teams that will gain big time from NHL players. We arent one of them.
if you are Canadian, you can get a good early morning double header starting in a few hours for your hockey fix. Spengler Cup final between Davos and Canada at 6am EST, and then Canada/Russia from the World Juniors at 9am EST.
Whenever there is a lockout for any sport I automatically assume the worst and think that the season is over. Even with the recent lockouts of the NBA and NFL that had their seasons resume shortly before and during. People keep coming up to me because I'm known as "The Hockey Guy" at my school since I'm the only one who plays, and they say "I don't think there will be a season it's half over, how's that going?!" and I just say yeah I lost faith back in July when I heard rumors about it and stuff. It's weird.
I stopped watching after the lockout in '04-05. I love hockey, but was so mad that I didn't care anymore. I was willing to give it another chance after catching parts of the playoffs last year. However, after this time around, I'm finished with the NHL and never coming back.
If the players and owners can't figure out how to make all of this work and split the money they're making in a way that satisfies everyone, I want no part of it. I'll watch the NBA, college basketball, and do other things with my time.
The NHL has fucked over any fanbase it had one too many times with this shit. And the players association has just as big of a role in this.
Greed > Everything else. Once again.
My argument is they are playing a sport for a living, what difference does it make if it's 1 million dollars or 2 million dollars (that's an example, obviously), you're living your dream and you're going to complain about how much money you make when I pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars to play it now in high school? I just think that's kind of ridiculous.
I'd be glad to make 200,000 playing a sport let alone millions.