The National Hockey League loves sequels, or maybe it just has a history of repeating. Lockouts have become a Die Hard-like franchise, Don Cherry has been rebroadcasting himself for decades, the Flyers are acquiring enough ex-Flyers that the next step could be line brawls and moustaches, outdoor games keep multiplying — how long before they’re all outdoor games? — and concussions are back with a vengeance. But then, concussions never really went away.
Now it’s realignment, which was floated as a trial balloon last year, and which ended with deputy commissioner Bill Daly threatening to “evaluate all of our available legal options” after the players vetoed the deal, all of which set up the latest lockout nicely. It’s all connected, somehow.