The NHL and the players' union resumed talks Friday, a day after the league, which has locked out its players, canceled the remainder of its preseason. But the talks reportedly are focused on secondary issues and not the split of hockey-related revenue, the main issue dividing the union and owners. With games scheduled to begin Oct. 11, will the league return in time for the regular or a shortened season? Or will it lose an entire season for the second time in eight years?
kdhoffma:"I'm sitting on $700 worth of Winter Classic tickets. Hopefully it'll be one of those great, memorable life events for my dad, myself and my son... 3 generations of hockey lovers. I don't even want to think about it being canceled, as it would destroy all of us."
scho013:"I'm not even going to pretend to be excited. I wish they would realize what an insult it is to there fans to have 2 lockouts in less than ten years. They owe it the people that make this a rapidly growing sports industry to figure out a deal... especially during a year with a presidential campaign; I can only take so many rich airheads bickering about money and whose fault it is."
vikingmon84:"There won't be 3 billion of revenue to split if they don't get these negotiations done soon. I can't believe that this happens twice within 8 years. It's embarrassing to the sport."
wapkbl1:"After years of defending it, promoting it, watching it, suffering through a full season lockout and coming back knowing that it is the greatest sport around, it just seems hard to drum up the energy anymore. NHL I love ya, but you think your die hard base will save you no matter what you do you may be in for a big surprise, you are starting to make us not care anymore."
wristedhip:"I don't know anything about who needs to take responsibility for this. I just know that I have been priced out of Avalanche games for a long time now, and I would much rather watch hockey live than any other sport."