Fehr and the players seem to be pretty reasonable and Bettman seems to be doing his usual thing. I blame Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Bruins and penny-pincher extraordinaire,
if when there's a lockout. However, this brings up an interesting point:
Who will play for Lord Stanley's Challenge Cup next spring? Remember that last time that Jeremy Jacobs and the rest of the owners decided to cancel the season (in February of 2005, mind you), a beer league in Canada sued for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. By the time they were done, the NHL had resumed business. However, they did reach a settlement with the NHL about it:
The agreement acknowledges that Stanley Cup trustees Brian O'Neill and Ian Morrison can, but are not obligated to, award the Cup to a non-NHL team in years the league does not operate.
So here's hoping that if the NHL does the wrong thing, that Brian O'Neill and Ian Morrison do the right thing. Because what's better than the Stanley Cup?
Yeah, like it's gonna be anything else.