Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/31/12
Lockout Schmockout For a moment the other week, it looked like hockey would be back soon. The NHL’s offer of a 50/50 split and a condensed 82 game schedule stunned the hockey world and offered hope that for all the posturing a deal to save the sport wasn’t terribly unreachable. The sentiment lasted for perhaps half a day until details emerged that the NHL’s definition of 50/50 was built from a conservative definition of what money was being split, and the NHLPA’s counterproposals were quickly rejected and just like that we were back to square one. It’s nice to see the framework of a 50/50 deal finally floating around but because the two sides can’t agree on the dollar figure that will be split, we’ve now lost November and the Winter Classic is hanging in the balance. Any hopes for a quick and tidy settlement have been dashed and the panic button, by the side of any true Canucks fan, should be thoughtfully fingered right now. We’re in the abyss and who knows when or where the exit is. In
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