2004, NHL owners locked the players out because they essentially
would lose less money by not playing than playing. By June of
2005, they finally reached an agreement with the players.
course, the players had to take salary cuts, and now have a salary
cap, which was their biggest sticking point in negotiations--despite
the fact that the NFL's salary cap has made it the most successful
professional sports league going today, and the success of the
league has made the players even more rich than if they didn't
have the cap.
the players haven't exactly been spreading good will--Philedelphia
Flyers center Jeremy Roenick was quoted after the new deal was
going to try to make it better for everybody, period, end of
subject. And if you don't realize that, then don't come. We
don't want you at the rink, we don't want you in the stadium,
we don't want you to watch hockey. I say personally, to everybody
who called us 'spoiled,' you guys are just jealous ... we have
tried so, so hard to get this game back on the ice."
exactly the kind of statement that makes us want to watch hockey
we're willing to give the NHL the benefit of the doubt--not all
of the players can be that stupid, and every sport has to have
people to boo, so Roenick still serves a purpose. Hopefully the
NHL will fight it's way through the financial struggles, and the
crappy TV deal they got, and will someday challange the NBA for
winter sports supremecy. If not, there's always the National
Lacrosse League...at least they have dance teams.
the mean time, we've put together some information regarding the
NHL, the Stanley Cup, and other awards.
Cup - History of Lord Stanley's Cup
Cup Winners - Listing of all of the winners of the Stanley
Cup since the NHL took over the trophy.
Smythe Award - A brief look at the Conn Smyth Trophy.
Smythe Winners - A list of the players who have won the Conn
Smythe Award, given to the MVP of the Stanley Cup series.