According to ESPN, the NHL is preparing to cancel this year’s Winter Classic in Detroit, scheduled to take place on January 1st, featuring the Red Wings and the visiting Maple Leafs. Toronto would be the first Canadian team to play in the Winter Classic (although the Canadiens and Flames played an outdoor game in Calgary called the “Heritage Classic” in 2011. The league recently announced the cancellation of all games through the end of November, after withdrawing their proposed “50/50″ revenue split late last week. It’s hard to fathom that the league is more than ready to cancel it’s showcase event, especially given the popularity of the game in recent years. The owners are proving that they don’t care about the state of the league, the state of the game, or their reputation, the only thing that matters to them is money. They don’t make enough of it, they’re really struggling. If the players get any more of their money they may have to sell their 8 bedroom house and buy a 6 bedroom one. It’s truly a tragedy, and I feel terrible for the owners. Those poor souls who fight tooth & nail for every dollar they have, only to have a small chunk taken from them. If the league finds the gall to cancel the Winter Classic, you can expect the entire season to be cancelled. The only way we’re going to see hockey this season is if the players union blinks, throws in the white flag, for the sake of the fans.
And that, would just be a shame.