NHL Lockout: 5 Teams That Will Suffer the Most Due to the League's Work Stoppage

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NHL Lockout: 5 Teams That Will Suffer the Most Due to the League's Work Stoppage
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In the song "After Midnight," legendary British guitarist Eric Clapton wasn't referring to the moments immediately after the latest NHL lockout reared its ugly head at 12:01 Sunday morning.

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.

Sad but true, the NHL has been iced for the third under the Gary Bettman administration.

Your hat trick is complete, Commish.

Of course, both sides lamented the lockout. According to Kevin Allen at USAToday.com, here's what NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on behalf of the owners:

"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."

Then Steve Fehr, brother of NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr, put his two cents in, as he represented the rank and file:

"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."

Good times.

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. 

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