May 22, 2012 Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan (19) looks on after crashing into Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) and the net Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Dear NHL. Please do the right thing. Learn from your past.

With the canceled season less than a decade from our memories, have we not learned a lesson?

Fans have just started trusting the NHL again.  Is it time for Gary Bettman and/or Donald Fehr to step down? If not from their position how about from the negotiations. They clearly don’t get along.

How about get some fans, writers, players, owners, financial experts, and commentators together to work things out. Let Todd Walsh preside over the meeting. He can give a very articulate Charles Dickens reading of the measures being discussed. We can act like we know what we’re doing and vote the owners and players receive a 50-50 split of the revenue.

Ok maybe not that feasible. But can it really be so complicated you sit on your hands and lose millions. Sometimes people fight over property or custody but the house doesnt get smaller and the kid doesnt get skinnier. Profits ARE dwindling. You already lost the pre-season. As a season ticket holder I am very happy about that. It stinks to pay full price for a meaningless game.

I just don’t see how a 82 game schedule is possible.  Makes little sense to have a Cup Final in summertime.

The latest grumblings have Bettman telling all who will listen they should all take 2 weeks off to marinate over things. It shows you the bottom line to all of this. The OWNERS hold all the power.  Players have a shelf life. Owners are wealthy enough to sustain themselves through these negotiations. Players do not have the luxury. Many have been forced to find work elsewhere. Sorry but you cannot blame OBama for this one folks. This is an embarrassment for the NHL. No matter how you slice it. (The pie of money)

My prediction: By Monday a deal will be done in principle and teams will have a few weeks to get ready. Season will start Dec. 1st or not at all in this editor’s opinion.

There are no winners here. Only losers. Every one loses money. But when you start losing fans, not even the bean counters can tell you exactly how much is truly lost.


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