It would seem to me, that by doing this they’re essentially, if not officially, saying goodbye to the season. The last time that the NHL had a lockout was 2004-2005. It’s sad that I had to look that up to remember it, but I wasn’t that big of a hockey fan. I’m not a huge one now, but I at least know some names now and have actually watched some games since the last lockout. Anyway, I can’t help but think that it’s part of Minnesota’s sports curse that the league seems doomed for another lockout. Finally the Wild put together a good team, and now we won’t even get to watch them play.