I really don't know what to say. I thought they would have learned last time, but no. From 1893 to 1992. No sniff of a stoppage, then potentially four in 20 years? I think that says more about the greed of our times then the actual situation. It changed to a business when Bettman came on board.
At least the old hardass owners such as Smythe, Norris, Adams, wouldn't have a stoppage. They would have still played, but again, different times. Players much more organized now. Was just reading this from Wiki....
'Labor conditions for the players were also poor. Players' medical bills were paid for only two months after an injury. Moreover, whenever players were sent to the minors, they not only had their salaries cut, but their relocation costs were not covered. The players were also not paid for off-season promotions, and did not share in the funds of promotions such as trading cards
as was done in baseball
. In the earlier era, players were allowed to play other sports, such as lacrosse
, for money in the off-season, but this was disallowed in the standard Original Six-era contract.'
Then Eagleson ripped off the players too...
In this day and age, there should be ways to get a proper deal done, have everyone make their fair share, keep the 'industry' going, and give the fans what they want...hockey..