In the midst of a great playoff race the NHL spoiled the story when they came out an announced that they wouldn’t be participating in the 2018 Olympics launching plenty of criticism.
The NHL free agency era came into full focus this week when a fan favourite player returned to his former home in a scene that is only going to be more common.
The NHL made their move this week as they put the decision whether to attend the 2018 Olympic Games up to the NHLPA and the players with one big caveat that might change the minds of some players.
The World Cup of Hockey is through the first stage and overall it has been a success but the real questions come with what the future holds for the NHL, NHLPA, and the 2020 World Cup.
The NHL Playoffs were not the focus for at least one day this week as the NHL Draft Lottery took the headlines with one team getting a chance to change their franchise for the foreseeable future.
October is a great sports month for any sports fan as it can be the busiest time of year for the sports world. The National Football League is in the second month of their season, Major League Baseball is in the midst of the playoffs, and the National Basketball Association is just beginning their season. Of course there is another of the big four leagues in North America that starts in October as the National Hockey League begins its march to the Stanley Cup.
The NHL and NHLPA have consistently sent some mixed messages over the last few months and the media has not helped. There have been some close calls in recent weeks where reports surfaced that the NHL and NHLPA may have finally come to a deal. Many of these reports would be false as the NHL lockout would continue on and close in on another cancelled season.
It is that time again in the hockey life cycle as the Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire on today (September 15, 2012). It seems like it is now just a foregone conclusion that the NHL will have a labour dispute and not be able to solve it in time to save the next season.
The Stanley Cup finals this year was one of the least anticipated finals in recent years as the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings did not excite many people. The matchup had only happened once this year and there was very little history between them. Series tend to be more exciting when the teams know each other and have a history because the players have that little extra motivation to win.
The NHL is at a disadvantage in the USA as they have to battle very established leagues for entertainment dollars. This forces them to come up with new and innovative ways to attract more fans to come out to the games. One of these was created in 2008. The NHL Winter Classic started in 2008 as a way to showcase the NHL on a big stage with a big hyped up event.