I would be lying to all of you if I said I did not see this coming. We all knew that this was inevitable. Now that the NHL and NHLPA are going to be losing even more money, hopefully it drives them to take negotiations a little more seriously and hammer out a deal (probably will not be the case because of the greed factor).
Today the National Hockey League released the following statement on their site in regards to the first two weeks of the NHL regular season being cancelled:
NHL announces cancellation of 2012-13 regular season schedule through October 24Thursday, 10.04.2012 / 2:00 PM / News
NEW YORK — The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.
The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.
Meanwhile there are rumors floating around that the NHLPA is going to purpose a new deal and that this deal would have the players share down around the 50% mark. Now whether these rumors are true or not will remain to be seen.
The fact of the matter is no side is right here. Each side is just looking out for themselves and not showing any commitment to negotiate and compromise. In fact if I had to choose I would say the NHL has made the most compromise in their deals (HRR being kept the same and increasing players shares from 42% to 49%). I have a feeling that if this new proposal is something the NHL looks at and still says “You are not making any movement or compromise here”, this lockout will go on for much much longer. The NHLPA better have a excellent, fair deal for both sides whenever it is they decide to offer it.
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