...the league's crown jewel has been tarnished.
The Winter Classic is gone. Not breaking news, if you've been following the lockout here and elsewhere.
More than 100,000 people were expected in the Big House. Maybe next year.
And wave goodbye to the HockeyTown festivities at Comerica.
The logistics were daunting: Building the rinks, the sponsors, the sales, the promotions, HBO's lead-in. No time left, sayeth Deputy Commish Bill Daly.
There were hints today, however, that bargaining talks could resume in a few days.
Could there still be a truncated season starting in December?
Perhaps. It'll be a decimated one, with plenty of ill will in the stands, if the reaction from the fans I hear from is true.
Here's what's more important: Best of luck to all in the states affected by Sandy. No power yet here at Chez Zipay. Thank goodness for the local libraries.
NHL's press release is on NHL.com