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NHLPA: Just Make a New League, Really

Do it now. Take the 600 or however many union members, pick teams, I don’t care how many, and start playing games. Doesn’t matter where. Play at local rinks. Figure out a way to put it on TV. Make a deal with ESPN or someone who doesn’t have ties to the NHL. The fans will…

What leverage do the players have?

Owners would nuke the playoffs again (and they don’t care) – Niesy at Jewels From The Crown [...] This labor dispute will be decided by the owners. It will be over when they want it to be over. This is not a give-and-take negotiation between two sides. This is about how much more the men…

Lock-Out Day 1

Congratulations. If this thing is going to wipe out a season, you have just completed the first 3/10th of one percent of the 2012-13 Lock-Out. If (and I think this is optimistic) we’re going to have a season starting sometime around the Winter Classic, you have just completed somewhere closer to 1%.  AHL camp (Manchester)…

NHL Lock-Out 2004: relive the magic!

In case you blocked it all out, here’s a chronology of the last lock-out, which I submit just for the fun of imaging it all happening again, exactly this way at exactly this pace. 7/13/05: NHL Lock-Out Chronology (USA Today) 2003 [...] Oct. 1 — [...] Union [makes] offer which includes five percent salary rollback.…

Kings Waive Nobody Today

Per Rich Hammond (yesterday), the Kings had yet to decide if they were going to put any of their prospects on waivers in order to assign them to Manchester before the Lock-Out deadline. The NHL and NHLPA had made a special agreement that teams could put players on waivers this week (normally, the waiver period…

My Fan Pledge (a.k.a. what to do with my NHL money?)

Just so we’re clear, I don’t really have any idea whether or not there will be a lock-out, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few months, or even a season or two, canceled. If you want to know what I think the reasons for this mess are, I have two answers. It could…

We’re all Habs fans now

According to infallible Twitter, the Montreal Canadiens have issued (filed? I don’t know what the legal term is) a cease and desist order to prevent the NHL from locking out players. It appears that the NHLPA is not an officially registered union in Quebec, and under Quebec law an employer can’t lock out employees who…