Reaction to cancellation of the Winter Classic and more.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski suggests it’s okay for the NHL to cancel the 2013 Winter Classic, as its spirit would’ve been dampened by the lockout even if a season-saving deal were made allowing the game to be held.

 THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR: believes the cancellation of the Winter Classic does more damage to the NHL brand.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: A cynical view of the NHL’s recent CBA “concession” to the NHLPA coming so soon after the cancellation of the Winter Classic.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana warns fans not to get their hopes too high regarding the glimmer of optimism over this weekend’s meeting between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr.

 JAPERS RINK: Two Capitals fans discuss the notion of Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis being among the hardline owners in this lockout.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Michael Rappaport looks at the 21 goaltenders selected before Henrik Lundqvist in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. None are in the same class as “King Henrik”.

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