As the NHL Lockout remains at a stand still, general managers from around the league are starting to join the fans in the public complaints about how the league is handling this situation. One general manager, Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils, spoke with Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger and expressed his feelings on the lack of progress being made to resolve the lockout.
“I’m embarrassed for the game,” Lamoriello said of the lockout stretching in to December.
“It’s coming down to the wire right now. We’ve just got to trust the people that are involved. I’m embarrassed we are where we’re at. That’s the best expression I can use.”
Lamoriello is echoing the feelings of the fans.
Every NHL fan is becoming increasingly impatient with the lack of progress being made between the two sides. There is some belief that the league could come to an agreement in mid-January that would create a 43-game season, but even that has fans feeling displeasure.
One fan told me, “What’s a 42 game season? Pointless. That kind of season would be lame. No momentum.”
I have to disagree. If the league could come together and get a new deal agreed on and get the players back on the ice, a shortened season would be one of the most exciting few months of hockey in recent memory. Every game would matter and the intensity of every game would be like playoff hockey.