Where are the Washington Post sports columnists on the NHL lockout?

The NHL is now one month into a lockout that has delayed the start of the 2012-13 season. Games have been canceled and the league and the players association are engaged in back and forth that fans and local business owners hope will soon lead to some hockey.

Here in D.C., the Caps would have opened their season at home last Friday night against the Stanley Cup runner-up New Jersey Devils and, while Washington Post Caps beat reporter Katie Carrera continues to cover the sport, there’s been almost no mention of the NHL work stoppage by any of the paper’s sports columnists. Save for one piece which featured the fake diary of league commissioner Gary Bettman, I’ve yet to see a Post Sports opinion item on a topic that seems worth at least a column or two by now.

I realize that the Nats’ playoff run and the excitement around RG3 and the Redskins have been the main focus for sports pundits in this town lately, as they should be. But a major team in Washington is currently season-less and that deserves some ink from the columnists with the city’s largest newspaper.

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Posted on October 17, 2012, in NHL, Washington Capitals and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I totally agree with you that a Post columnist should write about the lockout, but I’m surprised that you’re surprised that they aren’t.They barely show any interest in the Caps when they’re actually on the ice, and the team was pretty much ignored when it made some important personnel moves over the summer (other than the Oates hire, which produced a really awful Tracee Hamilton column that just made fun of hockey nicknames for the most part). I actually wrote a letter to the editor to the Post about this issue: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-no-hot-stove-league-for-hockey/2012/06/22/gJQA6PisvV_story.html

    • I’m not necessarily “surprised,” though maybe a little given there’s far more coverage of the team now than there was a few years ago. But I’m definitely disappointed they haven’t devoted at least a column or two to the lockout yet.

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