Florida Panthers fans holding out hope for a full regular season of games may have run out of hope. The NHL rejected an effort by the NHL Players Association to restart labor talks Tuesday and no more talks have been scheduled to end the owners’ lockout of the players.
Florida Panthers fans hoping to see the team take the ice this season got a major wakeup call Tuesday when the NHL owners crafted a new collective bargaining proposal that mirrored closely that of the NBA and other sports.
The Florida Panthers and the rest of the National Hockey League should be getting ready to start their preseason schedule. Instead, the owner-imposed lockout has now cost the league its entire preseason.
The Florida Panthers are coming off a division winning season and have real momentum for the future of a franchise that has been an also-ran in recent years. But, that enthusiasm may be gone before it starts thanks to a labor fight in the NHL.