NHLPA President Trevor Linden's Column on the CBA
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09-12-2004, 11:34 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
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One idea is the owners don't lockout the players. Time every contract for the next year or so to end on july 2006 (probably too late for July 2005). When 80+% of the players contracts all end at the same time, the clubs should walk away on mass from any contract that they wouldn't like under a new CBA. If every club cuts loose 15 or 20 players they can completely flood the labour market. .They can also legally bring up AHLers and prospects to play the NHL games on the cheap which then pressures the players to come back on fresh but cheaper contracts.
If they stick to their guns to try and stay under a mythical cap of around $40m they should be able to win this way.It still runs the risk of blowing up after a few years like the current CBA did, but if the owners have the nerve they can hold on for 2 or 3 years and players will sign a reasonable CBA.
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