Lockout, here we come.
Players sent to Norfolk include Igor Bobkov, Josh Brittain, Mat Clark, Marco Cousineau, Corey Elkins, Emerson Etem, Peter Holland, Matt Kennedy, Ryan Lasch, Brandon McMillan, John Mitchell, Kyle Palmieri, Devante Smith-Pelly, Sami Vatanen and Chris Wagner.
John Gibson and Ricard Rakell were assigned to their junior teams.
Max Friberg and Tim Heed were sent back to their Swedish junior teams.
In addition, Dan Sexton and Jeff Deslauriers were placed on waivers, and cleared, and also joined the TSA lines at the airport to head back to Norfolk.
Normally, guys would be in Anaheim preparing for training camp, which was scheduled to start next Friday. At this point, it would take a miracle.
Rather than spending time negotiating, compromising, and getting a deal done, more time is spent pointing fingers at who is unwilling to yield and who is at fault.
Is it any shock that a percentage of revenues seems to be the item that is really holding up a new bargaining agreement? Each side wants money. Plain and simple. And they don't want to share. What they both are forgetting is that they are not going to have ANY revenue to share if they don't come to an agreement and play.
And if (when) there is a third lockout in 18 years (and the second in seven), there will likely be even less revenue when things are finally sorted out. Why? Because enough disgruntled fans are likely to say "enough already!" and keep their hard earned dollars rather than hand it over to two groups of folks who are nothing but greedy.
College hockey and minor league hockey anyone?