Fans need owners to defend them

Updated: October 11, 2012, 11:59 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

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 ...

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