I will probably be going to the home opener on Saturday October 23rd if anyone wants to buy me a beer.
I will be at the home opener because I cannot live without hockey. I spent all day yesterday playing NHL 2K5 on the Xbox. And, although I have forsaken the art of alcohol consumption, I will be more than happy to buy you a beer.
"You have to vote for one of us. It's a two party system. HAHAHAHAHA!" -- Kang and Kodos
I dont watch Hockey at all (HATE ME NOW), but I found this semi-interesting article about a lot of the NHL's locked-out players signing contracts (most with "Let me go back to the NHL when the lock-out is over" clauses) with teams in Europe. Enjoy!
Sure, why not go to Europe? You can make a few bucks on a quasi-vacation and stay in as close to game shape as possible, which is important given that there will likely be only a minimal training camp (if any) when a deal gets done.
For the Euro clubs, the only way to bring the stars over is to let them leave when the NHL reopens, so why not? It's like the Astros giving Roger Clemens his 'road trips optional' clause, it's a necessity to bring in a big name. Bringing these guys in is a big deal, especially to a team like Davos. When was the last time Switzerland saw NHL all stars? Adding Thornton and Nash is huge for them, even if it is only temporary.
Flames fans were saying at the end of last year "Well, at least the Roughnecks won". The Roughnecks are our NLL Lacrosse team that actually won the freakin' championship last year. And now they, like the Flames, are not going to play this year.
GOD HATES CALGARY.
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The TSN proposal had much less to it than Brian Burke's proposal that CBC released during the finale of the World Cup of Hockey. TSN's proposal includes a very soft luxury tax system in place of a hard cap, which should be enough to dismiss their plan entirely since, if the owners were willing to take that, we wouldn't be having this discussion at all.
Bettman and the NHL leadership need to pull their heads out of their behinds. There are teams, like Phoenix losing boatloads of money year after year. That can't be healthy for your league. On the other hand...