After having spent the past two days blitzing readers of Inside/Out with facts and figures of signings left, right and centre, I’m compelled to write a few personal paragraphs:
The NHL lockout was supposed to restore a degree of fiscal sanity to the NHL, right? And in so doing perhaps restore a little good faith between the league and its players – remember “Thank You Fans” stencilled outside the blue lines? – and the money-gouged if unfailingly loyal spectators.
So since Sunday noon, NHL clubs have spent a half-billion – billion – dollars on salaries, locking up players for as long as eight years with strategies that have defied explanation, common sense and logic on many fronts.
So long as we lost a season of hockey for a good reason.