The announcement of the NHL and the Players Association reaching an agreement to end the lockout in the early hours of Jan. 6 came with quite a few sighs of relief. It also came with a lot of fists clenched in frustration.
The problem is, none of us knows exactly where to direct that frustration. While it's undeniable that some of the frustration will be pointed towards Commissioner Gary Bettman (who gets booed at arenas across the league), the rest is not as clear.
Whenever any sport goes through a lockout, or a strike, it comes down to millionaires versus billionaires. The easy target is owners and the league.
Any defender worth his own salt can block shots, clear pucks, protect his goalie and throw a hit with the best of them. However, much of a team's offensive success depends on the vision and play-making ability of a skillful defenseman.
For the second year in row UNO sat in position to take home ice over the last two weekends of the season but failed to earn a single point and slid all the way down to seventh place. Last year the downward spiral sent the Mavs to St. Cloud State where the losing streak extended into the first round of the WCHA.
Just a month ago, both Terry Broadhurst and Matt White were sitting in the top 10 rankings for national scoring. Though Broadhurst has slipped a little back to a tie for 17th, White remains hanging on to the top 10 in ninth place.