Just as the NHL was recovering from the great hockey massacre of 2004-2005, the NHL is approaching a second lock-out. After yesterday’s planned roundtable talks were cancelled so that top executives from each side could meet in private, the odds of a season starting on time look grim.
For the Boston Bruins, the similarities between the 2004 lockout and the potential 2012 lockout are eerie. Both teams were coming off seasons where they took the second seed in the conference and were one of the favorites to at least advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Both times, they were eliminated by a plucky upstart that got the hot goalie and ended in a game 7 at home in the Fleet Center/TD Garden. The only difference is that the current iteration of the Boston Bruins has recently won the Stanley Cup and the other one was still sitting on a long win-less streak.
Other than that?
- Young up and coming potential star (Patrice Bergeron in ’04/ Tyler Seguin in ’12) who is likely going to have to go continue to hone his skills in Providence.
- A young goalie with promise (Andrew Raycroft/Tuukka Rask) that really doesn’t have a lot of experience and is an unknown commodity whenever hockey restarts.
- A fan favorite (Joe Thornton/Milan Lucic) who is coming off an incredibly disappointing playoff run where they may or may not have been injured.
- Brian Rolston was on bother rosters.
I’m s0mone who always believes that history repeats itself, so excuse me for being pessimistic about the start of the season. Even worse, the Bruins that came out of the lockout 8 years ago was in terrible shape with terrible management and with no idea how to approach the league in the new CBA. The Boston Bruins have a much smarter top brass now, but it’s just worrisome to someone like me even though I have nothing to really be worried about.
So how to cope? There is no AHL team within an hour of where I live in Washington D.C so I can’t go see Tyler Seguin tear it up, nor is there legitimate college hockey to watch. Basically, for the hockey fan that is me, I’m pretty SOL which is why I have a two pronged system to make sure I don’t go crazy.
1.) Watch a ton of NHL network.
They have been pretty good right now in not showing anything to do with the impending lockout unlike what NFL network was doing last season in prepping for the worst. In fact, the NHL is scheduling reruns of all their NHL 36 shows as well as classic playoff games from the past three seasons. Instead of reminding us about how much its going to suck come October 11th (opening night for the Boston Bruins) they are just showing us hockey. Well played.
2.) Play a lot of NHL 13
I already have the demo and have played it to death. I’m in a league run by the guys from Day’s of Yorr and we have our fraternity round robin league we always. Needless to say, I will be able to get my hockey fix.
Still, at the end of the day, nothing replaces real hockey. Nothing is going to replace getting a ticket for Bruins at Capitals, running on down to the Verizon Center and starting numerous “Let’s go Bruins” chants in whatever terrible seat in the Verizon Center that I get, just hoping and praying that the Bruins can return to the promised land once again.
God, I miss hockey already.