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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Fans need owners to defend them

By Scott Burnside


One of our favorite parts of the old Peanuts comic strip penned by Charles M. Schulz (who, by the by, was a devout hockey fan) was the interaction between the Peanuts gang and adults.

The teachers always made a "mawwmwawwmwamwmwaaaa" sound in the strip, denoting the kind of disconnect that often exists between adults and kids.

As we pass what would have been opening night of the 2012-13 regular season, it's hard not to imagine that's the noise the NHL's owners hear whenever they're confronted by anyone offering a critical voice.

The players want the owners to live by the contracts they signed with the players.

Mwaawwwaaawaaamwaaaa.

The fans want their beloved game back after watching an entire season slip away just eight years ago.

Mwaaamwwmwawawawa.

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