Oh, thank God, the lockout’s over.

I was very much starting to wonder if these several hundred grown men (two in particular) could play nice with each other. Apparently they can pretend to, at the very least. Sure, the end of the lockout's tentative as of right now, but the league and the NHLPA'd never break our hearts again, right?

Sorry, I just read what I typed — of course they would. But as long as fans keep coming back — and we will, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it — they'll continue to disappoint. As long as people have reasonable expectations of this happening every eight to ten years, it'll be fine. It's great to be a fan of a team or of professional hockey, just remember — the NHL loves a cynic. Most hockey fans are terribly pessimistic at some level, so if you really think about it, why's the lockout been a problem? We all knew it was going to happen, and most of us expected it to end sometime this summer.

Speaking of the end of the lockout, the official story is that St. Louis Game Time ended it. Tell your friends, tweet it, and see if it gains traction just for poops and giggles. You'll have to have something to do to kill time before training camp starts this weekend, right?

About Laura Astorian

Laura Astorian is the head editor for the SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time and has been a Blues fan from childhood. She promises that any anti-Blackhawks bias will be left at the door. Maybe.