The problem even if the NHL settles its labor dispute soon
- After nearly eight months off for many of its players, the NHL is planning to cram 48-game schedule in after just eight days of training camp.
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- There is little time for teams to tweak their rosters. It will be a mad scramble to play what figures to be dreadful hockey to begin the "new" season.
- The Winter Classic, the league's marquee event, has come and gone.
- With NBC building its sports network around the NHL, and actually showing genuine interest in putting the NHL on its big network, the league had finally started gaining momentum in this country. That momentum will be essentially gone upon the league's return.
- It will skew the Stanley Cup playoffs.
- And for what?
This was reprehensible.