NHL Lockout Could Put Nashville Predators In A Predicament
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The National Hockey League has canceled all scheduled games through October 24 in response to a continued labor standoff between league owners and the National Hockey League Players' Association.
The decision will cancel the first four home games at Bridgestone Arena for the Nashville Predators.
The latest news in the so-called lockout did not get much attention Thursday afternoon on 102.5 The Game's Sports Night show.
"Problem is in this market you certainly have plenty of other things to talk about. Just football alone in the heart of the season like this, so it can kind of slip into the back drop," said sports talk host Willy Daunic.
Daunic's co-host George Plaster had a very visible role in the rally to keep the Predators from leaving Nashville during the summer of 2007. He feels right now the team is still in good shape.
"Now, If they miss another full season there's going to be some significant damage," Plaster said.
But Plaster feels if the lockout extends into 2013, or if the NHL cancels the entire season, some of the gains the Predators have seen over the last five years could be lost.
"I just think twice in six or seven years is going to have some people who are maybe marginal, sort of half way fans to begin with who just say forget it, I've had enough" according to Plaster.
Even though the players have not been on the ice, the Predators organization has still be visible in Nashville. Last weekend the team held a movie night at Bridgestone Arena.
"We're making the best of the situation we have right now and we're just trying to keep fans engaged and have events out at the arena to remind everyone that the Predators are still here, that we're here for the community and we're going to have a great time," said Jessica Jones from the Nashville Predators.
If the two sides in this hockey labor dispute can come to an agreement in the near future the Predators could be back on their home ice on October 25th to take on the Phoenix Coyotes.
So far the team has had to miss four games at Bridgestone Arena do to the lockout.