Strangelove wrote:Bright side: If a lockout happens we would have a few more months to talk about ridiculous trade proposals!
And for Kesler to get healthy, no chance of coming back early.
The Owners' proposal is absurd, but of course the opening round, so they go for a big xmas present. This is a shame. Bettman has no problem announcing that there were record revenues, but now the league needs to gouge the players. The Minnesota owner signs two huge contracts but then says the system must change, douchebag. Big issue Fehr will have is finding the money for hockey revenue; oh to be a forensic accountant, you could pile up the billable hours on this one. Owners are hiding it under every mattress...
....these sports collective bargaining conflicts are never fundamentally about owner v. player they are about one faction of owners v another faction of owners. Here it's the NYR, Van, Tor, etc v. Minny, Nash, TB, Car etc. This is being done for the bottom feeders...it's going to be a bumpy ride.
My prediction. The season starts with the Winter Classic; it's too big a draw now to miss it. And then we'll do like in '95, 50 game schedule etc.