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What they’re saying about the canceled Winter Classic

Nov 2, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Every now and then we mark a major event by providing a snapshot of the reaction that followed it from sportswriters, fans, and others.

When it comes to the Winter Classic, you can probably guess what the consensus reaction was among those who have dedicated a fair amount of their time to the NHL.

Still, even on a day like today the news wasn’t all doom and gloom. Those that are still hoping for a 2012-13 campaign were given a new reason to be optimistic tonight.

So instead of leading with grimmer reactions, let’s get the ball rolling with a couple of the wittier remarks people came up with. It’s dark comedy, but that’s the only sort there is around news like this…

And if you need your hockey fix during the lockout, the NCAA has a message for you:

With the dust settling on today’s announcement, the question is turning to “now what?” Philadelphia Daily News writer Frank Seravalli thinks the NHLPA needs to look internally and ask some tough questions.

Of course, while there’s still cause for some optimism, the cancelation of the Winter Classic is a reminder that the season itself is in jeopardy:

Finally, in recognition of what’s happened recently, let’s end on a sobering note:

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