Me: Dammit, they used to NEVER cancel seasons -- even
Chorus: Don't be naive, of course they did; it's always been about money. (Huh? Oh.)
Well...still, it's always been all about money!
I get it. Personally, though, I really like to watch the playoffs, where the competitive intensity gets ratcheted up to a fever pitch as they play for the mythic, symbolic Stanley Cup, more than the regular season where they merely play for pay. There's no requirement to agree; to each his own. Those springtime games are just the ones I happen to prefer, and if they cancel the season again, obviously there won't be any playoff games to enjoy. No passion, no Cup, no celebrating.
Really since it is all about money the NHLPA should be bargaining hard for the players to get paid during the playoffs.
After all, this is when the highest quality action occurs, and among the best players, with all games decided by the actual teams, in full OT periods. Games are all sellouts, the ticket & parking prices jacked up through the rafters. When else to expect a bonus? Take a hard line here and refuse to play for free. It makes no fiscal sense whatsoever that the players would strive with their very lives, pouring their heart and soul, blood and guts, teeth and character out on the ice night after night for up to two solid months, just for an outside chance at some dopey trophy they've been dreaming about winning since age 5, as if winning the Cup were their primary concern
...it's naive to think anything but money would be the primary concern of all parties involved in a professional sport.
It's easy to imagine Marty St. Louis, 36, lying on his bed, gazing up at the ceiling, wishing and yearning for some way to hopefully try to get back to playing the games, so he can maybe get lucky and take one last run at.......making some more money? Or is it about that sappy mythological trophy thingie again? See, it keeps rearing its ugly hollow silvery head...like me
Historically, winning the Stanley Cup hasn't always been about receiving money. In the early years, the Cup was contested by amateur clubs paying
to play, freezing their asses off in pads so thin they were transparent, getting the crap pounded out of them, just for...that trophy. Sure, today it's a business and both the owners and players get to make money, which is great...but it's that passion that separates hockey from all other pursuits, that transcends money, that makes the game worthwhile IMHO, the absence of which was the subject of lament