The lockout has gone one for months and months, but hockey is finally back! NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA director Donald Fehr stood side by side to deliver the great news to fans. Don’t get too excited because the details still need to be hammered out and with how long it took to get a verbal agreement it could be a while before they are back on the ice. “We still have a lot of work to do,” Bettman said, “but it’s good to be at this point.” The two sides met last night for a reported 16 hours arguing about free agency dates and salary caps. They are hoping to squeeze in a 50 game season and to resume action January 15th. At least the hard part is now over and hopefully everything can be worked out within the 48 hour window. We all want the same thing… we all want to see hockey fights again!
There used to be this great sport that was played on ice and involved sticks, full pads, and lots of hitting. Sounds pretty good right? Too bad it looks like hockey is something for the history books. It seems like every sport went through a lockout. Most people were horrified with the thought that football could be cancelled, but the NHL has not received the same amount of love. It is pretty surprising because hockey is one of the best sports and one of the only sports that hitting is encouraged. It has been going on for months, but it does not seem like the two sides are any closer to coming to an agreement than they were on day one. Over 500 games have been cancelled through the end of the year and it seems like it will likely result in a full season cancelled. Hopefully the players association and the owners can come to some kind of agreement to get some hockey in.
The past couple of days have been some monumental moments in sport’s history. However, I noticed that things have been coming in pairs…
The LA Kings are also 2-0 in their overtime games against the Devils
After Johan Santana’s historic no-hitter for the New York Mets, two players landed on the DL (Mike Baxter and Ramon Ramirez)
Two people were ejected from the New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers matchup (Yankee manager Joe Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long)
The Spurs are now 0-2 since the Thunder snapped their 20 game win streak.
The Mets have two complete game shutouts against the St. Louis Cardinals
I am not a huge hockey fan I will admit, but I am always interested when it is a hometown team. It was a series that pinned New Jersey vs. New York. Two states that have some of the most passionate fans in the entire country. Of course, it would not be an East Coast battle without some drama. The Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but that lead did not stick around for the entire game. The Rangers came back and tied the game. Overtime… here we come! Within the first two minutes the Devils came up with a huge play when Adam Henrique had a huge goal to win it for New Jersey. The win came on a monumental day for both teams when the Rangers beat the Devils at home in a Game 6 to force a Game 7, fourteen years ago. Yes, Martin Brodeur was there. The Devils try to win their fourth Stanley Cup. They will face the LA Kings. Finally, New Jersey has something to be proud of that does not involve “Real” Housewives or anyone with a nickname, like Snooki.