Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
My boss's wife works in the front office for the Minnesota NHL team. He says that he's had enough conversations with FO types to believe that they are on a scorched earth plan.
That is, NHL declares an impasse, implements its last best contract offer, opens for business, hopes that some regular players would show up, and then fill the remaining roster spots with replacement players. And busts the union. And implements the fiancial plan they want.
He also said there has been talk about contracting back to pre-expansion number of teams and getting rid of Tampa, Phoenix, LA, etc. He said it's really only in Canada and the US NE and Great Lakes that hockey is truly viable in the long term.
That's the goal I think, to get the cap in, it's ugly and the leagues talent will suffer if that's the road they take.
However there are 8 teams in California, Colorado, Az and Texas. The Stars, Sharks and Aves aren't going anywhere soon.
Sounds like a small market lockdown, but I still expect the larger teams to push for a settlement sooner then the smaller guys.
As it stands now 9 days until the season might be canceled, this is playing out like many of the baseball strikes.
Hockey players and baseball players as a union have alot in common, levels of players from superstars to role players. Goalies equal number one starters and the career path is very similar.