NHL Lockout: Why Decertification Will Result in a Lost Season

December 4th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The decertification of the NHLPA could result in another lost NHL season, which is why the players' union should only make this decision if they have no other way of negotiating a fair CBA with the owners.

Since we are already in December, there probably isn't enough time for the NHLPA to decertifiy and also save the 2012-13 season.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was asked about decertification and how it could impact the lockout last month (via Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal):

Bill Daly: Decertification would "likely lead to the end of the season."

— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) November 23, 2012 Decertification, if implemented in the immediate future, could take over a month. That would take us into early January, and by that point in the lockout, there might not be a lot of time left to save the season.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun presents a possible timeline:

In order to get in a 48-game season, the lockout needs to be settled within 26 days.You can't start a year any later than Jan. 10. #ticking

— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) December 4, 2012

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