|CBJ Majority Owner John P. McConnell|
This is a Blue Jackets blog, so I'm not going to comment on the vote taken by the other 29 teams' owners. I wouldn't pretend to understand their motivations. I'll also admit that I'm not intimately familiar with the motivations of the Blue Jackets ownership, but I've pieced together a handful of reasons why a lockout in Columbus probably would hurt our community as bad as, if not worse than, any other NHL community.
Remember, the owners could have voted to skip the lockout, play the season under the expired collective bargaining agreement rules and keep negotiating with the players. To a man, they voted not to do so.
I honestly don't know what to do with this development.
As a fan of the club, I feel betrayed.
As a fan of Columbus, Ohio, I'm downright scared about the future of NHL hockey in this town. I hope that my community can survive a second lockout in the team's first 12 years, but it seems like a stretch.
Hold on tight, everyone.