NHL Lockout 2012: Latest Twitter Buzz Surrounding Work Stoppage

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with the media at a press conference announcing the New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn in 2015 at the Barclays Center on October 24, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The NHL lockout doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon.

With both the owners and the players far away from any sort of resolution, the possibility of a cancelled season looms large in the minds of hockey fans.

Fortunately, social media serves as the great psychiatrist. Always ready to hear the rants and gripes of fans, Twitter is the sounding board for angry fans and the best place to see updates on negotiations. Unfortunately, there are a lot more complaints than updates on actual negotiations.

Here's the best of Twitter on the lockout.

Katie Strang of ESPN reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed a two-week moratorium on negotiations.

#CBA Bettman proposes two-week "moratorium" -- ESPN -- espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id…

— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) November 16, 2012


CBS Sports reports that if the NHL lockout forces the league to cancel the entire season, Teemu Selanne is likely to retire.

if the season is lost, Teemu Selanne says he would 'probably' retire. That would not be good. No good at all.cbsprt.co/ZXVxgf

— Eye on Hockey (@EyeOnHockey) November 16, 2012


Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer gave the NHL the award for "Most Nonsensical and Clueless Organization Imaginable," just barely beating out the incumbent NCAA.

In 30 yrs of sportswriting, I always thought the NCAA was the most nonsensical, clueless organization imaginable. Not now. Take a bow, NHL.

— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) November 16, 2012


Scott Burnside of ESPN voiced his frustration with the potential two-week moratorium on negotiations.

NHL wants to take a two-week break from negotiations. How will anyone know difference? Both sides fiddle in silence while game burns.

— Scott Burnside (@ESPN_Burnside) November 16, 2012


Jordan Fabian of Univision may have uncovered the reason behind Hostess closing its doors.

Were Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr also in charge of negotiating Hostess' labor deal?

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) November 16, 2012

Count Michael Richards as one of the many that just want to have hockey back in their life.

-10 here in winterpeg, suppose to be 24 in Cali today.... Interesting place to spend my time#lockoutproblems

— Michael Richards (@MRichie_10) November 14, 2012


Looking across the Twittersphere, there's a lot of people that just want hockey back. The longer this lockout goes, the more fans will be alienated from the league.

Be sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for the latest news on the negotiations going forward.