Lockout robbed fans of chance to say good-bye

Updated: September 16, 2005, 12:32 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

You want another reason that the NHL's lockout was the worst thing to happen to sports since Terrell Owens developed his own line of motivational-speaking tapes? Try this: It just killed nearly a century's worth of hockey greatness.

Oh, that's not the company line, at least not exactly. On the surface, most people would probably look at the retirements of Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis and say, "Old school. It was time."

No argument there -- on the ...

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