The Sabres were supposed to play their first preseason game of 2012-13 tonight, a matchup in Montreal with the Canadiens. Of course, because of the fight between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association that caused the owners to lock their doors, all games scheduled for September have been canceled.
Thus, we have the start of a regular feature: Who's hurting tonight because of the lockout?
Certainly not Habs owner Geoff Molson or Sabres owner Terry Pegula. I'm sure there are going to be enough Molson Canadians sold around the world to bring the Habs' boss a few bucks, and Pegula will probably earn more in interest today than most fans will make all year.
It's definitely not the players. Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers got $10 million deposited in his account July 1. Montreal forward Max Pacioretty is getting paid to play in Switzerland.
It's these folks, among others:
*Anna Sophia, a friend of the blog who introduced yours truly and Florida writers George Richards and Steve Gorten to heaven in a bottle, also known as Sortilege maple whisky. She usually works McLean's Pub on Monday nights, and it would have had a nice crowd before and after the game.
*The woman who works concession stands in Bell Centre.
*The guy working the parking lot on Rue Saint Antoine.
I'm sure they all could have used the cash that would have come their way because of the game. Instead, a bunch of rich guys can't figure out how to split $3.3 billion a year.