Veteran Analyst Don Cherry Believes Hockey will be back mid-January -NHL Lockout Update
The recent most lockout, which is the 2004-2005 one, is too fresh and different from the current deadlock that has made the life of many difficult so far as there is no relief in sight, for veteran hockey analyst Don Cherry.
According to Cherry, mid-January is the target for which fans should await a final decision from the National Hockey League (NHL) about whether they are going to be carrying on with what remains of the 2012-2013 regular season or just call it all off. But
Don Cherry, being the optimistic fan that he is, is confident about having hockey back by then.
"Look to the middle of January for the game to return!" said Cherry from his verified Twitter account. "Those people who say it won't be good hockey because it's only half a season don't know what they're talking about."
Cherry compares the current lockout to the one faced by the league back in 1994-1995. That season was not entirely called off, but there were similar issues like player share in team revenue and all sorts of stuff, but both sides eventually managed to work
He is also looking forward to seeing a lot of fast paced hockey action as he reminded followers that when it happened in the earlier 90’s, there was still much excitement.
"Don't you remember the last time it was half a season and New Jersey won the Cup? It was a sprint not a marathon," added Cherry. "Play within their own conference. Lots of action. The guys know every game is important. Won't have the half season blahs.
It will be terrific!"
The 78-year-old continued to say that he would not be thinking that the league and labour union will agree on a deal before reaching the edge, but it certainly does seem like both stakeholders are close to that.
It has been over three months since the previous collective bargaining agreement came to an end and nearly 100 days have gone by. Fans are hopeful and are certainly looking forward to that mid-January deadline that everyone is now talking about.