Originally written October 29, 2012 on Puck Drunk Love:
Some observers of the NHL Lockout have been waiting for a sign. Not a sign that the thing is finally over -- no, that would be too easy. Instead, they're looking for signs that neither side will let up, and that the labor negotiations will be ongoing for much longer than anyone wants them to be. Thursday, those people could very well get that sign. According to Katie Strang at ESPN.com, the NHL will be announcing on Thursday the cancelation of their annual Winter Classic game. Doing it this soon saves all parties -- the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Detroit Red Wings, the University of Michigan -- the hassle of worrying whether or not the lockout will be resolved in time for the game. Who wants to get ready for something that probably won't happen? The downside to this, of course, is twofold. Firstly, it serves as a stark reminder that we won't be seeing our favorite teams suit up any time soon. For the NHL to cancel its flagship event is something that they don...
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