The funny thing about this whole thing is everyone knows what is going to happen in the end and that's the players will crack and give in to the league. I side with the players on a lot of the issues but the bottom line is the owners don't need the NHL to make money, infact many of them make more money without running their teams. The players are just going to end up losing more if they wait it out, even if they manage to get a slightly better deal from the owners it won't make up for the money they lose if they are locked out for any significant amount of time.
LOL! They won't crack under Donald Fehr, in fact they can't unless Fehr approves and he won't. The players felt embarrassed by their union after the last lockout and hired the guy that broke Baseball owners for a reason. The owners are sadly mistaken if they think this will end as well for them as the last lockout did. And the NHLPA is setup in a way now where it is Mutiny Proof. Fehr's grip on the NHLPA is just as strong as Bettman's on the owners
Forget replacement players. How about a replacement league led by the jilted by the NHL Wayne Gretzky. I'd be for it. Perhaps it could even be a North American expansion of the KHL.
With Teams in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Quebec City, Hamilton, Minnesota, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh.
14 team league. 7 teams in the Canadian division and 7 in the American Division. The heck with the NHL! If it was part of the KHL there could be a yearly allstar game that brings all the top players together and the champion of the North American KHL could face the champion of Russian KHL in a World Championship Series.
Let me end by saying this. I don't support a new league because I support the players side in this. I support a new league because I support the fans side in this. The new league would see lower ticket prices. Lets face it the players are overpaid but if the owners get what they want is there anyone here that thinks they will pass that savings onto the fans in the longrun? No, they just plan on pocketing more money of course.
I think a new league would humble both sides and get hockey back to its roots. I'm sure it won't happen. At least not in the forseeable future but I think it needs to happen for hockeys longterm success. Just like the everygrowing debt in todays North American Society the current business model for the NHL is not a sustainable one in the longrun.
Edited by gradin123, 05 October 2012 - 12:44 AM.