In this second entry about the NHL lockout of my DMNHLF, my ‘optimism meter’ or as I like to call it, my Refusal of Reality, is down to a solitary level, as in a 1 out of 10. The only reason my hope for an NHL season isn’t entirely kaput is the fact that I just unpacked my Blackhawks jersey in my new California townhouse and refuse to accept I won’t be able to wear it this season.
As far as my move to California goes, just call it part of the Sun Belt expansion. Except, instead of taking away another piece of Canada’s identity, I was just planning on going to Kings games in my Hawks jersey and annoying the entire STAPLES center by screaming my head off during the National Anthem. Give me a few beers and see how serious I am.
Let’s recap a little bit of what has happened this past week, shall we?
- The league is turning the tables onto the players union and claiming they are waiting for a new counter-proposal from the NHLPA on the CBA. The sides met for just two hours on Tuesday before Bettman had to pick up the Mazo balls in Queens. Hey, he needed to beat NY traffic.
- The NHL is still sticking to a season start date of October 11th. As in next Thursday. Right. In other news, I’m the Queen of England.
- Boston Bruins’ behemoth Chara is playing in Prague.
Other notable players to hop overseas:
- Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars will play in Hamburg, Germany.
- ROY Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche agreed to play in Sweden
- Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets, after playing in a recreational hockey league in British Columbia will head over to the KHL.
- Nashville Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne is also over playing in the KHL.
These players join the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin who signed to play in the KHL upon first whiff of trouble in addition to approximately 70 others that have signed contracts overseas.
Watch World War III get started by Russia when we try to take back our players.
“Oops, vas zat a nukelear bumb we sent ova? Zat was meant to be a froot bazket.”
Does the threat of nuclear war make me feel any better about no NHL season this year? Not in the least.