Cam Cole of Postmedia news would love to see all existing NHL player contracts voided by the dissolution of the NHLPA, noting “what glorious chaos it would be.”
“It won’t happen, of course,” Cole writes, “because the two sides in the ongoing labour war would never give the media a gift so sensational.
“Still, think of the stories: A frantic orgy of free-agent madness, rich teams stockpiling talent with no salary caps, mid-market teams scrambling to keep some semblance of what they have, deep-pocketed competitive failures seeing a chance to hit a sudden home run, a few other franchises utterly driven out of business … the competition and carnage would be more interesting than a lot of NHL playoff series.
“The league would definitely lose some teams, which admittedly makes it worth fantasizing about.”
You can read Cole’s entire column by clicking here.
Sportsnet legal analyst Rob Becker explains why the NHLPA’s latest strategy could backfire, writing: ” … I believe the union’s plan will indeed fail because Judge Paul Engelmayer, the young but brilliant federal judge in New York City who has been assigned the case, will see right through the formality of the disclaimer of interest to the underlying substance of what it really is: just another negotiating tactic by a union whose death will have been greatly exaggerated.”
Read Becker’s column by clicking here.
SI.com’s Stu Hackel writes about the CBA dispute entering a “legal swamp”. Read his column by clicking here.
The Globe & Mail’s Ron MacGregor writes about the “alarming damage” the lockout is doing to the NHL brand. Read his column by clicking here.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos is starting to get frustrated after going more than eight months since playing in an NHL game.
“It’s frustrating,” Stamkos told The Canadian Press on Monday in advance of Wednesday’s RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens.
“You do something for your whole life and you don’t really think anything of it. Everything you do is geared toward playing hockey. Now that you don’t have that, it’s tough.”
Read more about Stamkos by clicking here.
(Chris Young/The Canadian Press)