At 2:03 p.m. Thursday, the NHL cemented its status as professional sports’ most laughably operated league by wiping out the first two weeks of the 2012-13 season.
I’d call it a joke, except it’s about as funny as a Scott Hartnell smirk.
Ask the layman employees and ancillary businesses that will lose untold money.
Ask the most obsessive fans in North America.
Ask the players who have demonstrated that all they want is to get back to work.
Matt Niskanen, one of the Penguins training regularly at Southpointe, stepped off the ice Thursday morning and expressed that quite nicely: “Camp is supposed to be ending right now. It’s really starting to hit us. It’s just boring. So boring. We just want to play hockey.”
With one click of Gary Bettman’s send button, the NHL wiped out all 82 games set to be played Oct. 11-24, maybe for good.