The Boston Bruins signing of Tyler Seguin to a six-year contract extension worth an average of $5.75 million per year is good news. The Bruins are definitely interested in retaining young talent and in putting a team on the ice that can be competitive. Seguin, who was selected second overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, was a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup team and was selected for the 2012 All-Star game. He was the Bruins leading scorer last season and was second in plus-minus to Selke Award winner Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron won the NHL plus-minus title last year.
We Need Hockey
We need hockey but right now the NHL and the players are at a major impasse, as the owners want to reduce the amount of money the players get via profit sharing. Right now the players receive 57%; the proposed reduction would take that down to 49%. That’s a big cut but it would not involve any salary rollback; the money would come from the NHL escrow fund. The players are not interested in this new scenario. Thus, there is no Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) at this time.
Ice is Made for Minor League Hockey
If you’re looking for great hockey, the good news is the lockout does not affect minor league play. That’s exciting for the various teams and their fans in the area, including the Providence Bruins and Manchester Monarchs. I’d expect to see a jump in attendance at minor league rinks. The action is fast and the checks are hard. Let’s face it the guys on these teams end up in the NHL very quickly, at least many do, and their play is first rate.
What’s Going to Happen?
It’s my hope that the NHL season is saved and soon. The NFL did a great job of doing just that last year. I don’t know what type of hit hockey will take if the season is delayed, cut short or cancelled, but I do think that the players will lose a lot of cash if the lockout goes for any length of time.
In many ways, this is a hard thing for fans to understand. It is difficult for this fan. I can’t believe there’s no room for bargaining, meeting halfway or coming up with an innovative solution! This is an exciting Bruins team and it’s a shame that they aren’t on the ice. Let’s hope they are skating soon.