The lockout is over! Pending a ratified CBA, we’re looking at the return of NHL hockey on January 19th.
The night before the lockout ended, I decided to watch Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, for the hundredth time. It occurred to me that the movie plot is closely related to the NHL lockout. This is the story of how the lockout ended, as told by Canucks Corner.
Frodo: “What’s on Sportsnet?”
Sam: “Well, let me see.”
Sam: “Oh yes, lovely. Negotiations. And look! More negotiations.”
Sam: “This looks strangely familiar.”
Frodo: “Because we’ve watched this before. These negotiations are going in circles!”
Eomer: “We piled the carcasses of the last offer sheet there. We left none alive.”
Aragorn: “Dead negotiations? Again?”
Eomer: “Look for your deal, but do not trust to hope. It has forsaken these fans.”
Hama: “By order of the NHL, the arenas must empty. We make for the leagues of Europe.
Do not burden yourself with long contracts.
Take only what sticks you need.”
Aragorn: “Ride out and meet them.”
Theoden: “Yes! Let this be the hour when we draw up a CBA together.”
Theoden: “Fell deeds awake. Now for give. Now for take. And the Red Ink!”
Sam: “Even if you were too small to understand hockey is big business. I think I do understand. I know now. They had lots of chances of signing only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.”
Frodo: “What are we holding on to, Sam?”
Sam: “That there’s some good money in this world, Mister Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for HRR.”