After a lot of negotiating and wondering if there would be a season at all, the NHL started their shortened season today. Fans will once again be able to cheer on their favorite team while watching what I like to call “boxing on ice”.
As you can see, this pin was given to members of the media during the 1972 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. That year, the Boston Bruins went on to defeat the New York Rangers and win the Stanley Cup. Bobby Orr was the MVP. The last pin like this one sold for $159.00.
One thing that this temporary lockout did was limit collectors the ability to obtain new rookie cards for the 2012-2013 season. The NHLPA made this decision on Thursday. I’m not sure why they came to this conclusion. It most likely had something to do with money. Dr. Price of ITG wrote a great piece on this topic yesterday. Rookies are still going to play this year, and its far from what happened in the 2004-2005 season, but I still think they should allow manufacturers to issue rookies. Rookies are one of the major driving forces behind new products, and not being able to include them this season is really going to limit the amount of hockey products released. Those dealers that rely on hockey products are really going to feel it. The lockout was bad enough, and then the NHLPA pulls this garbage.