Jeff Mackie Sep 10, 2012
At this rate, the Montreal Canadiens will win the Stanley Cup this season. But the Hart and Conn Smythe winners won't be players, they'll be lawyers.
If lawyer Michael Cohen gets his way, Canadiens' players will be the only NHLers not locked out when the current CBA expires at midnight on Saturday. The Montreal-based lawyer believes the NHL cannot lock out the Habs because the union is not officially certified by the Quebec Labour Board. Cohen, on behalf of Canadiens' players, has sent a cease and desist letter to the Habs ownership and the NHL. At the same time, Cohen presumably set a hefty legal bill to the players.
If this move is successful, the players will likely be paid during a lockout but won't be expected to perform the duties of their occupation (i.e. playing hockey). Habs ownership would be well within their rights at that point to prevent players from playing in Europe.
The players could make a further mockery of the situation by showing up for training camp, ready to perform. They could insist the coaches and support staff be made available to them. They do, after all, want to work. Wouldn't it be great to have one team conducting business as usual while the other 29 are on the sidelines?
And if the Molsons really wanted to turn the screws on the players, they could at least attempt to force players to engage in other activities for the organization. Rogue management types have been known to force injured employees to walk the sidewalks wearing sandwich boards promoting their business. Heck, the players could always fill the jobs of laid off office workers during the strike.
It all sounds silly - and it is. But sometimes you just have to laugh at the absurdity of it all. The only people who stand to benefit from the lockout are the ones who had a hand in creating it: the lawyers.
Edited by zero-ONE-three, 12 September 2012 - 12:51 AM.