Well, I don't care what the Bett-man says, I'm still hoping for hockey and an NHL season. The negotiations continue with little to cling to in the way of hope, but the true fans aren't ready to give up just yet.
The latest offer and counteroffer produced discouragement and distress from both sides. The dumbest game of chicken ever played could conceivably ruin the sport at the worst possible time.
The NHL seemed to be on a roll. The playoffs were a success. Everyone was happy.
Then the reality of the business came in to play. The collective bargaining agreement seemed to sneak up on everyone but the fans. Oh yeah, that. You know, that same damned thing that wasted the 1994-95 season.
There is still time, and there is still hope that one or both sides finally see the light. The NHL might have said goodbye to some former fans for the last time, but plenty of us will be back watching the second the puck drops.
So, as the honorary bluebird of optimism, I'll take it upon myself to tell all of you campers to buck up and put your game face on. There's still hockey around in the AHL, KHL, SEL, DEL and even the ECHL. There's still plenty of time to jump on the Elmira Jackals bandwagon until your favorite squad gears up.
I've got at least 50 reasons to hope that the NHL has a season this year, along with some questions that I want answered. Luckily for you, I've decided to share them with you. Feel free to add your own in the comments section. Try to stay classy, and, as always, enjoy now!