State of the NHL: How The Lockout Is Affecting Teams

State of the NHL: How The Lockout Is Affecting Teams

(The Verge)- The NHL lockout is having a big impact.  The reason behind it is because the owners and the players cannot agree to a collective bargaining agreement, which is a document that states what owners and players should be paid. Fans are stressed out because the negotiations have halted once again. Although there is some speculation that there will be a season, there have been very few signs of this.
The NHL Players Association (NHLPA) and owners are still trying to work together to create a collective bargaining agreement. The players and owners resumed talks on Friday September 28.  Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, “We’re 100 percent focused on not missing any regular-season games and, hopefully, we can achieve that objective.”
Most importantly, the fans have not been happy with how the NHL has been negotiating their collective bargaining agreement. Sophmore Steve Romano, who also plays for Monmouth’s club Hockey team, notes, “The majority of the owners voted for this lockout.” Romano also said that the players “…did not want to go with any of thedeals that the owners decided to offer them.The lockout has already had big effects on the season. The NHL has already canceled the pre-season, and might have to cancel the first month of the season if negotiations do not turn around. Sophmore Jon Weisman says, “I’m hoping that we can get the season started by thanksgiving.” The NHL is currently trying it’s best to keep the regular season in tact, but there is a lot of progress needed in negotiations before opening the season on October 11th.Although most people doubt that there will be a solution in the near future, there is some hope. CBS Sports notes, “Wayne Scanlan [famous hockey analyst] talked to a mediator who said small agreements on Friday could lead to bigger agreements later … just get that ball rolling.”

Passionate hockey fans will have to find something else to do if the lockout is not resolved. Image taken from: martinbrodeur30.com

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