The lockout unofficially ended at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning, with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA head Donald Fehr signing a tentative agreement. Over the next couple of days, both sides will ratify the deal, making it official.
In short, the deal was pretty much done for a while. But, as per NHL tradition, Bettman came in to do all the weaselly things that hockey fans have come to expect from him. Things like the old bait-and-switch within contract offers, or blatantly lying to players about what their teams think of them.
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At the end of the day though, the NHLPA got what they wanted, which still favors the owners. They just didn’t let Bettman rub in it, as he is wont to do.
Over the course of the next couple days, we’ll be rolling out everything you need to know about this upcoming NHL season. There’s the typical preview stuff, from how the new CBA will ultimately affect the Red Wings roster to Detroit’s prospective schedule, from Nicklas Lidstrom’s jersey retirement to a feature on one of this area’s most uniquely well-known hockey icons.
Considering the circumstances, there will also be some untraditional ways of previewing the season. Like who to blame for this lockout (here’s a hint, booing him is a cherished hockey tradition) and why blaming the players is not just dumb, but represents a systemic problem in how we view our peers in society.
Finally, mercifully, we’re almost past all of this. The discussion can get back to hockey.
Gordon Fall has been around the Detroit sports scene for his entire life and even entered the world with a Red Wings hockey stick in hand. With a variety of connections around the Detroit area, Fall will be presenting the unspoken, yet optimistic truth of our city’s sports scene.