"hammers home the fact that these games are just that - games"
Hockey is hardly a game, or even much of a sport, anymore...it's a business, with both the players and the owners out to get as much as they can. As you pointed out, the current problem is billionaires arguing with millionaires over profits. It's been a very long time since hockey has been about playing a game and supplying the fans with entertainment.
"However, in poor Canada, the entire country has descended into anarchy"
Pffft. I understand about poetic license, but lets not get carried away!!. Most of us are getting, and will continue to get, along just fine without hockey. It's *annoying* that the idiots are depriving the fans, especially those that bought season tickets, of their entertainment, but anarchy will hardly be the result.
"CBC, which airs Hockey Night in Canada, has resorted to playing reruns of classic NHL games"
Resorted? CBC regularly airs reruns of those games, usually early in the morning, so the only thing that's new about this is that it'll be in the early evenings as well, and that the fans will have some say in what games are aired.
BTW, your finger slipped a little...it's "HNIC", not "GNIC". Unless you were thinking of something more descriptive of the situation :-)