Issues the NHL Must Solve to Prevent Another Lockout

November 14th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
On Sept. 6, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told Sirius XM NHL Radio Network (h/t Chris Nichols of Today's Slapshot) the league was happy with the current collective bargaining agreement. “It’s early, but I don’t see any storm clouds on the horizon—at least yet," said Daly. 

But during an Oct. 14 appearance on Sirius XM (h/t Nichols), NHL analyst Bob McKenzie speculated player contract lengths and escrow could become contentious labor issues. He suggested those points could trigger another lockout, perhaps as early as 2020. 

The present CBA between the NHL and NHL Players Association is due to expire on Sept. 15, 2022. However, each side has the opportunity in September 2019 to exercise their respective opt-out clauses. Should one side do so, the CBA would expire on Sept. 15, 2020. 

Here's a look at several key issues the NHL must resolve in their next round of collective bargaining (in 2020 or 2022) to avoid another lockout. You can express your views on this topic in the comments section below. 

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