September 13, 2012

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NHL Lockout: 5 Reasons we need to have hockey

By: Tyler Vespa

With the current CBA agreement set to expire on September 15th, the NHLPA and the owners are still not close to coming to an agreement. The NHLPA made the first proposal to the owners almost a month ago, and since then the negotiating between the two sides has been at a standstill.

The Kings became the first #8 seed to win the Stanley Cup last season.

The last time there was an NHL lockout was in the 2004-2005 season. Since then, we’ve had hockey each season. That lockout lasted 10 months and 6 days, and the main issue was the fact that the league was not a level playing field, as teams with the worst records could not get the top picks in the next draft to build the team. The result was a new lottery system where each team had an equal chance to land the first pick.

A lot of the financial issues for 2012 seem to be centered on the fact that wealthy franchises still have the upper hand. The league wants to continue to help the troubled franchises, which will automatically require the league’s wealthiest franchises to give up more money.

In the midst of all these issues, I hope the NHLPA and the team owners can come to a common ground. Personally, I have been a Detroit Red Wings fan my whole life, and can’t imagine a fall and winter without Joe Louis Arena, Mickey Redmond, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Here are 5 reasons we need hockey in 2012-2013:

  1. There are horrible teams in every league, MLB, NFL, etc.
  2. The Los Angeles Kings just won the Stanley Cup (8 seed)
  3. The other team in the Stanley Cup Final was the New Jersey Devils, a 6 seed
  4. There can still be NHL hockey with 5 less teams in the league
  5. Young teams are on the rise (Edmonton, Colorado, Minnesota)

Now, players might still get paid too much, but that also happens in every league. However, players should be more open to not being guaranteed all the money from each contract, this will also make it easier for players themselves to request a trade.