It took 113 days, but the NHL and NHLPA have finally reached a deal.
Get ready, in come the Penguins.
Now that the lockout has finally locked itself out, Captain Sidney Crosby is located at CONSOL Energy Center as we speak, blowing his conch shell and assembling his fellow burgh’ brethren.
Okay maybe he’s not,or maybe he is, point is–the team has come home to Pittsburgh. And more importantly, the game has been brought back to the fans.
Earlier this morning on the Penguins team website, Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle and CEO David Morehouse released this statement to the fans:
”We offer our apology. There is nothing we can say to explain or excuse what has happened over the past four months. However, now that the NHL is back, we want to assure you that the Pittsburgh Penguins will do everything we can to regain your trust and show how much we value your amazing support. The sounds of skates churning across the ice and pucks banging against the glass are returning to CONSOL Energy Center. That means a healthy Sidney Crosby is about to rejoin NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin, first-team All-Star James Neal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and others as we begin our quest to bring the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh. We want to thank you for your patience and your loyalty to the Penguins. We hope to repay it many times over. Our commitment to winning the Stanley Cup and our commitment to you has not changed. We look forward to seeing you at CONSOL Energy Center.”
Great job guys! A large portion of the Penguins organization was reportedly deeply involved with the CBA talks and the community should be proud of them. But this statement further solidifies the appreciation the Penguins organization has towards their fans. So, Thank you.
Not only that, fans don’t have to sweat out Sidney Crosby playing hockey elsewhere. However, with everything coming together, the time to prepare is very limited. Players playing elsewhere (Letang, Malkin, etc), should be in practice as soon as possible.
After a disheartening finish last year, this season will be all about redemption.
Rumors circulated saying that a fan boycott was possible following a presumed CBA agreement. Fact being, if you’re a fan of hockey–you’re a fan of hockey. The lockout was just a bunch of guys, in a room, skating on thin ice.
If anything, now that this seasons significantly shorter than the previous, players are decisively going to have to play the whole year with a sense of urgency. Why would you not want to watch?
And with that, here’s to watching the cup return to Pittsburgh!