Ode to a Lockout

113 days. Over 4 months of wondering if there will ever be a season, and when the sun rose over New York City, a sight we thought we’d never see happened. After 16 hours of nonstop negotiating, the NHL and the NHL Players Association tentatively reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement to end the lockout. It was a HUGE sigh of relief to fans around the world. Sure, some fans are bitter that they will only have half-a-season of hockey, but isn’t that better than having NO season at all? I mean, the main reason the 2004-2005 season was cancelled was because Bob Goodenow didn’t want to bring a salary cap to the NHL. So after resorting to charity games, college games, junior hockey games, Teddy Bear tosses, and resorting to the AHL to get your hockey fix, my fellow hockey fans, it’s time to dust off your favorite jersey and get ready to fill the arenas again. Those players who went to Europe to hone their skills, they’re coming home to play for your respective teams. The songs you know best after your team scores? Get ready to sing it loud and proud again. There WILL be a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh, and a 60th season of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC. The Green Men WILL still irritate the opposition in Vancouver, and the Madhouse on Madison will roar like it has been for years. And for you, Kings fans, a Stanley Cup Championship banner will finally hang in the rafters of Staples Center for you to look up on. No more venting out your frustrations of will we ever have a season on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It’s been 113 days, but it’s well worth the wait. You won’t have to worry about the CBA for another 10 years. It’s time to drop the puck and get back to business. Game ON!

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