"The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames could hit a legal snag if the National Hockey League locks out its players on Sept. 15, according to the Edmonton Journal.
A lockout vote is required in the province of Alberta by the NHL owners in order for Daryl Katz, owner of the Oilers, and the group of businessmen who own the Flames, to legally lock out their players if there is no new collective bargaining agreement in place by the deadline.
The NHL has to request Alberta to appoint a mediator, under the provincial law, who theoretically could work to have an agreement in place between the warring sides before the NHL owners can hold a lockout vote. A mediator was appointed on Aug. 21.
However, the Players' Association has filed a challenge to this -- arguing that the NHL's lockout vote would be defective because the league failed to take certain steps when it asked for a mediator for the dispute.
The law requires the mediator to wait 14 days but the NHLPA contends the league has shown no interest in using the mediator to try to get a resolution. It says the league insisted the mediator leave his task after three days with no meetings convened between the two sides.
The NHLPA is arguing the league is trying to rush the clearance for a lockout without following the necessary steps in Alberta and if the Alberta Labour Relations Board agrees, the league couldn't legally lock out Oilers winger Ryan Smyth or Flames captain Jarome Iginla or any other Edmonton or Calgary players."
this is very interesting, im sure nothing will end up coming from this but wow what a blow to the owners if this works out.
Would it hurts the owners so much if they started the season on time, played it like normal and completed the negotiations while the season was underway? Apparently this has been done in baseball on more than one occasion where they started the season without a deal in place..
There have also been a number of big names talking about heading to russia when there is a lookout. This could be the beggining of the end for the NHL if this happens. There is a big following over there and a lot of money to be made, if the players get tired of being screwd and see the KHL flying high we could see a lot of big names going...
Edited by kylecanuck, 09 September 2012 - 01:19 AM.