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Ian White would hate to see what lockout would do to fans

Sep 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Ian White AP

We’ve seen some activity in the CBA negotiations today, but what we obviously don’t have yet is an agreement.

It’s still possible that when the current CBA expires on Saturday, there will be a lockout after a mere seven seasons worth of labor peace.

“Another extended lockout would be terrible for the fans; it’s just going to be a slap in the face,” Ian White said, according to Detroit News. “They responded unbelievably to the last one in record numbers (in attendance), and this time they’d be really hurt.

“You hate to see that. The players genuinely care about the fans. We’re fans, as well.”

The NHL enjoyed an increase in attendance after the previous lockout. However, the 2005-06 campaign also highlighted by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s explosive rookie seasons.

  1. lordfletcher - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    “Another extended lockout would be terrible for the fans; it’s just going to be a slap in the face,”

    Pretty much sums up how I feel!

    I am not blaming either party but this is getting flat out stupid. I have never seen two sides struggle this badly in 20 years compared to any other organization / union, in my life.

  2. sharkcity408 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    That’s the smartest most accurate thing any ones said since a potential lock out debate started. Ian White great player. Wish he was still a shark

  3. bag217 - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Neither side cares about anything other then money. Millionaires fighting with millionaires.

  4. cincycbjfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    “Another extended lockout would be terrible for the fans; it’s just going to be a slap in the face,”

    And NHL fans are some of the biggest masochists on the face of the earth.

    The only way fans can send a clear message to both players and ownership IS TO STOP SPENDING MONEY ON THEM!
    STOP buying jerseys, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and all the other swag; STOP buying tickets to the games (whenever both sides decide to DO THEIR JOB and start playing again).

    But, the flip side is… where are we going to see the quality of hockey presented at the NHL level? Bootleg some KHL games on the net? Not even close…

    So, when the players and owners decide to extract their heads out of a certain orifice on their respective bodies, we’ll all go sprinting back to the arenas or tuning our TV’s back to our local RSN’s (or NBCSN), and start supporting them again. Since they pretty much know we’ll be back after they get done pouting like two year olds, what’s their motivation to make a deal right now? NONE!

    In the meantime, go Cincinnati Cyclones! :-)

  5. manchestermiracle - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    “You hate to see that. The players genuinely care about the fans. We’re fans, as well.”

    As far as I can tell the players (and, obviously, the owners) are fans of money and little else. Certainly neither side is a fan of compromise. Hmmm, where have I seen that before? Who says sports doesn’t imitate life, especially politics?

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