Day 20 of the NHL lockout has come and gone. The regular season was scheduled to start in five days.
Still, there are issues the two sides are not even talking about. Union chief Donald Fehr took a confrontational tone as negotiations broke down without any new ones planned:
"The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners. If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue. A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort. For nearly 20 years, the owners have elected to lock-out the players in an effort to secure massive concessions. Nevertheless, the players remain committed to playing hockey while the parties work to reach a deal that is fair for both sides. We hope we will soon have a willing negotiating partner."
We are in for the long haul. More and more players are committing to playing overseas. The NHL even canceled regular season games on Thursday, October 4. They have also said that the Winter Classic—a marketing gem—will not be possible without a deal this month.
This gives us a pretty clear picture of how quickly the foundation for a season is giving way. What does this mean for San Jose Sharks fans?
To follow are the five biggest concerns the lockout brings to San Jose's chances of winning a Stanley Cup. Glass half-full types can see the upside of the lockout detailed for San Jose Sharks Examiner.