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Time To End The Season

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Enough. No more. Shut it down. It’s brutal enough to sit around like this, cooped up in fear, anxiety, frustration, utter boredom, and anger, without the added unknowingness of whether our favorite winter sports teams will find a way to remove themselves from suspended animation.

Time to end it. Better days, people, for all of us, including the 2019-20 Bruins and Celtics, and especially those of us who until recently thought we lived and died by their wins and losses, or in some cases, their silly and useless off-day injury reports.

Life sure smacked a lot us with one hell of a wake-up call, didn’t it?

Come on. Let’s get back to all of this in September, which we only can hope will bring better times for everyone, when maybe we’re able to smile again, to care, to invest, to give a fiddler’s fat five bucks about any of it.

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Red Winger's avatar

I agree with this.

Call the current season a loss, and try to start a new season in October. Even that is no sure bet by any stretch, but put this season to rest now, there is no feasible way to finish it.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 03/29/20 at 12:24 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

As long as the still have the draft when safe, sounds good to me. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 03/29/20 at 04:33 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Disagree.

The Olympics are cancelled thus the NBC networks (the TV broadcaster with rights) have a huge prime time lineup hole in late July-early August. This is a once in a lifetime chance for the NHL to grow the game by filling the airwaves with playoff hockey and fall into line with other sports that are more dependent on TV revenues (even if it is only the first round). Don’t think for once second the NBA isn’t planning to take advantage of the missing Olympics—but they have contractual obligations to other networks (ABC/ESPN/TNT) and thus not the same opportunity.

Don’t screw it up by canceling. Play in front of empty arena if necessary—but take advantage of the Olympics being cancelled on one of your broadcast partners.

BTW: it’s going to take the NHLPA on this issue as the season officially ends July 1st and thus the contracts with no more term on them expire. (Freeze the escrow temporarily to last season’s levels as the incentive).

Posted by d ca on 03/30/20 at 04:59 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

It’s all fun and games until the players start dying…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 03/30/20 at 08:29 AM ET

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We lost Joe Diffey last night.  I dont want any players lost.  Just a game.  A sweet game, but just a game.

Posted by ThatGuy on 03/30/20 at 10:41 AM ET

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