So the lock-out is officially upon us today. While we at FlamesNation can probably continue to pump out pretend letters, epithets of hate and overly deep statistical analysis indefinitely, I’d like to as FN readers what they want to see from the site during the work stoppage.
First up, the news of the day – Flames and Oilers players have filed a grievance with the Alberta Labour boards over the NHL lock-out. It’s not a gambit designed to make a two team, battle of Alberta league of anything – merely a sign how contentious the current talks are between the league and the union. Once parties stop bargaining in good faith and start to seek pressure points and leverage through whatever paths are available, however ridiculous, you know you’re at an impasse.
A favourable ruling would mean that the players would be allowed to proceed as if there wasn’t a work stoppage. They’d do everything, but play games and, theoretically, could collect their paycheques, which wouldn’t start rolling in until the scheduled Oct. 11 start of the regular season.
Forcing owners to pay players without the benfit of games or revenue would certainly put a strain on things financially in Calgary and Edmonton, but it certainly won’t endear the union to Darryl Katz or Murray Edwards. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Anyways, on to the issue at hand:
What do FN readers want to see during the lock-out?
– More AHL coverage? We could start game threads and previews for Heat games, where Baertschi, Brodie, Reinhart, Nemisz will be spending their time. Ryan Pinder could provide us with the inside scoop as well.
– More historical reminiscing? Re-living the best and worst times of the Flames past?
– FN podcast? Internet radio? – this question is related to the post below this one. Check it out if you haven’t already.
Any other ideas are welcome.