NHL Lockout Spells Disaster for NHL Players and Owners Alike

September 18th, 2012 by Andrew Steier Leave a reply »
The NHL lockout, which began Sunday when players across the league were not allowed into team facilities, shows no signs of being reconciled. 

No face-to-face discussions have yet been scheduled between the owners and the NHL Players’ Association and a few stars, most notably Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin, have already penned deals with Russian league teams. 

Their actions, as well as the $600 million per year difference between the players’ and owners’ proposals, illustrate clearly that the NHL lockout will not be easily resolved, which could prove disastrous for a sport crippled by a similar debacle just eight years ago. 

After what it went through after the lost season of 2004-2005, the NHL cannot afford this lockout.  Not the players, not the owners, not the loyal fans.  The league has experienced a whirlwind decade and is in desperate need of some certainty. 

After drawing consistent popularity through the early 2000’s, in 2004-2005 the NHL became the first major professional sports league in history to lose an entire season due to ...

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