((ht: george richards))
Poor Stanley C. Panther. He along was laid off today in a "Cost Cutting" move by the Florida Panthers hockey team.
In case you didn't know: The NHL is in a lockout. Again.
Yeah, we were surprised to hear that too.
So...if the NHL had a lockout and nobody knew it, did it really happen?
Unfortunately in this case, yes.
We use the Panthers as an example: The team is locked out, not able to use the Panthers facility. Unless they rent the ice.
Seriously. they are renting out a side locker room and ice time at their practice facility to their players so they can work out.
We aren't taking sides here, but Gary Bettman and his owners should realize they are going to fade into obscurity this time. They know that...right?
The league, which has struggled to regain it's popularity had its best TV ratings in decades this past year. This was after not having a TV deal for years. They were buying time on NBC, and then NBC finally starte...