Tonight looked like it was going to be a run-of-the-mill evening of NHL action until Twitter just about exploded thanks to the stunning news that the NHLPA didn’t approve the NHL’s radical realignment plan. Some might contend with the notion that the players’ union actually rejected the realignment, including agent Alan Walsh:
NHL teams might officially say that they’re not happy with the NHLPA, but outspoken NY Post reporter Larry Brooks has an interesting take on how some (or perhaps most?) teams might really be feeling:
Aaron Portzline suggests that isn’t true with every team, though:
The NHLPA as a whole might be at odds with that group of spurned teams, although the travel argument is creating some serious debate on Twitter. Bruce Garrioch provides some possible reasoning for the rejection nonetheless:
The factors are up to debate – especially if you are a natural cynic who doubts the honesty of press releases – but Dejan Kovacevic claims that it comes down to one man whose name is associated with terrifying labor stoppages:
There’s been plenty of snark-laced panic over the lockout-friendly implications of this move, but Adam Proteau walks us off the ledge a bit:
Finally, TSN’s Darren Dreger concurs with Proteau’s sentiment and probably sums up an almost undeniably uneasy future for the next CBA:
In other words, it should be awfully entertaining, even if it’s in a rubbernecking-at-a-car-accident kind of way. Let’s hope that the 2012-13 season isn’t lost in the wreckage, though.