The 2004-05 Lockout and the NHL’s Parity Error

Twelve seasons have passed since the second of three lockouts Gary Bettman has been commissioner of the NHL, and the League is preparing to add a 31st team with a 32nd likely coming in the next five years. ¬†It is as vital an indication for the League as any that the sport is as popular as it has ever been, and that the League is thriving in spite of the loss of two half-seasons and one full season in Bettman’s term. ¬†However, it is hard to ignore that the lockout which cancelled the entire 2004-05 season might have been for naught. Continue reading