NHL Lockout: 3 Reasons There Is Still Hope for Hockey This Season

October 22nd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The current state of the labor negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA has made it difficult for fans to be hopeful that the 2012-13 season will actually happen, but there are several reasons to believe we won't lose an entire year.

The two sides are much closer to making a deal today (Oct. 22) than they were on this date in 2004 when the season was starting to slip away.

Let's look at why there is still hope for hockey this season.


Both Sides Want to Make a Deal and There's One to be Made

James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail recently wrote a great breakdown of the NHLPA's most recent proposals, and his numbers indicate that the two sides are less than $200 million per year apart. This may sound like a large gap, but it's definitely small enough to close over the next few weeks.

As progress on the hockey-related revenue (HRR) issue continues to be made, it's good to see that the two sides have talked to each other on a regular basis through meetings, phone calls and emails for the last few months. This shows the desire that both sides have to get something done before the game suffers too ...

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