Hockey lockout hurts Arizona sports landscape

Everyone knows October is the best time of the year for sports.

However, there’s a void this year: No hockey.

Hockey generally isn’t the most important sport in Arizona, but ever since the rejuvenation of the Coyotes organization, the sport is gaining popularity in the Valley.

In a sports town where the Suns are rebuilding, the Diamondbacks haven’t made it past the first round of the playoffs in five years and the Cardinals never improve its offensive line, it was great to watch the underpaid Coyotes make a run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

It’s the most I’ve been interested in hockey since the Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk days from 1996 to 2001 with the old kachina-style uniforms.

Now there’s nothing to be excited for.

Time is ticking down toward the NHL’s deadline on Thursday to save the full 82-game season, and it appears the NHLPA and the NHL is nowhere near an agreement.

I, like many hockey fans old or new, hope that they can salvage some sort of season, even if it has to be a shortened one similar to what the NBA did this past season.

Some hockey is better than no hockey.