Bill Simmons nailed it right on the head.
And we are all victims of a once-likable league that screwed itself up beyond repair, the same way you screw up a relationship by drunk-dialing too many times. The NHL made two unforgivable mistakes: expanding more recklessly than Krispy Kreme and paying their players way, way, way too much money. It was a lethal combination of greed and sheer stupidity.
I really am sorry there will be no more hockey this year. Here’s to hoping that the league dies, and we adopt the regional, European model of hockey. 5-10,000 seat arenas, officating that encourages skating and style over obstruction and goonery, low salaries, and a love of the game. Dear NHL and NHLPA: rot in hell, and don’t come back, for the love of the game (that thing you folks all seem to have forgotten about).
You were never as big as you thought you were, and if you can’t see it now, you deserve to be selling used cars in Aurora, IL.