After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down. After midnight, we're gonna chug-a-lug and shout. We're gonna stimulate some action; We're gonna get some satisfaction. We're gonna find out what it is all about. After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down.
Unfortunately, the only things hanging down after midnight were the faces of those who are affected by the league's latest work stoppage:
- The owners, without their meal tickets in place to help generate revenue.
- The players, locked out of the game they love by the people who agreed to pay their escalating salaries in the first place.
- The fans, the biggest losers of all, without their favorite teams to cheer for.
Your hat trick is complete, Commish.
"We spoke today and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday afternoon. "I'm sure we will keep in touch in the coming days and schedule meetings to the extent they might be useful or appropriate.
We are sorry for where we are. Not what we hoped or expected."
"Today we suggested that the parties meet in advance of the owners’ self-imposed deadline. Don Fehr, myself and several players on the negotiating committee were in the city and prepared to meet. The NHL said that it saw no purpose in having a formal meeting."
As a result of the standoff, each of the 30 NHL teams will in some ways be negatively affected.
But there are five teams in particular that will suffer most of all.
Read on to get the details.
The photo above shows the last goal the New York Rangers gave up.
And it could be the last goal they give up for awhile.
The Rangers finished only six wins away from hoisting hockey's Holy Grail last season. Then, they added Rick Nash to their arsenal, to go along with players such as Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist.
Well, looks like they're going to have to keep on chomping.
The Rangers are a team that's poised to take the next steps towards winning a championship. An extended work stoppage would keep them from fine tuning the unique chemistry and rock-solid identity they've forged over the last couple of seasons.
Up Next: This team could face a predicament between the pipes
The New Jersey Devils finished just two victories shy of the Stanley Cup last season.
It was a wonderful, springtime run.
But then they lost their captain, Zach Parise, to free agency.
Now that the lockout is on, they could net out in even worse shape.
Martin Brodeur is 40.
Johan Hedberg is 39.
Together, they form the oldest goal-tending tandem in the league.
If the lockout lasts long into the winter months and beyond, the Devils' goal-tending grey beards will have a lot more rust on them.
And corrosion between the pipes could put this franchise in a precarious situation for seasons to come.
Up Next: This team could be saying, "Oh, brother" twice
The Vancouver Canucks are perennial Stanley Cup contenders.
But a work stoppage could put a stop to that.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are 31 and have played a combined 195 playoff games.
The lockout could move the Sedins and the rest of their teammates further away from glory.
Up Next: Why the stars may not align for this team
Some things actually do get better with age.
But if the NHL lockout lasts for a prolonged period of time, the Dallas Stars may not be one of them.
Radek Dvorak is 35.
Brenden Morrow is 33.
Michael Ryder is 32.
The clock is already ticking for these aging players.
A prolonged work stoppage would not help these Stars shine any brighter.
Up Next: It could be less howl and more scowl for this team
The Phoenix Coyotes had a season to remember in 2012.
New ownership is finally in place, as reported by Greg Jamison of SI.com.
Things were looking to bloom in the desert.
But now, the players and the fans are locked out.
Shutting down the game in this non-traditional hockey market after it has gained such momentum could keep new fans away on a permanent basis.
Up Next: The Bonus Slide—a stroll down memory lane
Since the third lockout of the Gary Bettman administration is unfortunately under way, this is an opportune time to take a stroll down memory lane.
Part One: An article on the top 10 work stoppages in sports has the 1994 NHL lockout as number 9 on the list. Read about it here.
Part Two: The video above by ESPN eulogizes the 2004-2005 season that never was.
Plus, Don Fehr said the owners didn't have to institute the latest lockout. Details are here.
And, here's an article from the Houston Chronicle about work stoppages in professional sports.