Another batch of games canceled... could the rest of the NHL season be next on the chopping block?
That accounts for about half the season, meaning that even if the owners and players union somehow agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement immediately, the season would be abbreviated almost past the point of no return.
In 2004-05, the NHL became the only major US sports league to cancel an entire season. Now, barring a miraculous turn of events, they're going to do again, only 8 years later.
This is an absolute embarrassment to the league, and particularly for commissioner Gary Bettman.
If there's one thing that a commissioner should do, it is to avoid lockouts and keep the game alive.
Bettman has failed miserably at that. This is the 3rd work stoppage in his 20-year career as NHL commissioner, and will likely be the 2nd full season missed because of a lockout.
No matter how this lockout ends, both the players and owners will have lost money. The entire lost season and the the ensuing fan backlash will result in tons of lost revenue on both sides.
Normally, this is where I'd say something like "it's time for both the players and owners to quit being greedy and just come to an agreement."
But at this point... does it even matter?
The NHL has lasted a long time... but I wouldn't be surprised to see it disappear.