from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star, There is no reason for Gary Bettman to fear a lockout, or even the loss of an entire season. History has already taught him that a year off is good for business.Â A year off reminds his captive audience what theyâre missing.
Despite the handwringing from the grassroots types and those who want to see the game thrive in the tropics, lockouts are good for the NHL.
We hear the same noise this time around that we heard last: âFans will move on âŚ theyâll be too angry to tune back in âŚ the NHL will be replaced by â what? â the CFL?â
Itâs nonsense and we all know it. Hockey fans arenât going anywhere. Theyâll linger around the locked gates for a month, or three months or a year, grumbling. And when someone removes the padlock and invites them back in, theyâll come.
They may be upset, and it may take a while, but theyâll all come back eventually. They have nowhere else to go.
The people who think a work stoppage can kill the love of the profession