In a recent post I wrote the negotiators had until about December 21st to cut a deal or lose the season. In a recent report Teemu Selanne said the same thing.
Ken Dryden, Harvard lawyer, former NHL goalie, 4 time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, estimates they have until mid-January to slap a semi-season together. Apparently Mr. Dryden doesn’t follow Flash or this blog.
Dryden could well be right. Nobody knows for sure, least of Gary Bettman and Don Fehr. The compromise in cramming so many games into a short time schedule is player safety. When has player safety been job 1?
So what’s next? In corporate media and the blogosphere writers are taking sides and indulging the blame game. Big whoop. Who cares. Obviously there exists, like in family law, irreconcilable differences. Our California courts don’t hear irrelevant data or try to figure out who is the biggest jerk.
Maybe they can back it back on track, maybe they can’t. Of this I’m certain, time is the enemy now.