By Julie Kayzerman
After losing my voice screaming at the television during the NHL playoffs, all I wanted was for next season to start so that I could root for the Rangers to take it all the way this time.
After constantly hearing about trades like the one that gave the N.Y. Rangers forward Rick Nash and signings like the one that left the N.J. Devils without their beloved Zach Parise, I’m left feeling falsely led on toward a season that doesn’t seem to be arriving any time soon.
The 2012 NHL lockout has left hockey fans, like me, void of the one thing that we look forward to throughout the week — a few hours to sit and watch a fast paced and high quality game of puck.
The fact that the players can’t come to an agreement on their salaries with the NHL is really just appalling. Little kids look up to these athletes because of their valiant efforts during the game — efforts that truly exemplify the meaning of leaving your heart on the ice. So why can’t they just suck it up, stop asking for more money and play the sport that they loved enough to make a career out of it?
Eighty-two regular season games were just cancelled following the cancellation of the preseason due to the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players Association and the NHL, according to NHL.com. As no negotiations have yet been made, Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been publicly tweeting what we’ve all been thinking — what about the fans?
After the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, fans have slowly but surely made their way back to showing support for the sport. So this lockout seems to me a slap in the face, considering the players are only concerned about their personal gain and not the fans that actually allow them to do what they love for a living.
I guess they never thought about the need for fans in order for them to continue playing the game, huh?
As much as I wish I could retaliate with a fan lockout and boycott the NHL, my love for the sport and the N.Y. Rangers just won’t allow me to do so. I’m pissed at the lockout situation and the players, but more so, I’m pissed that my loyalty will ensure that I’ll still be here when the lockout is resolved.