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09-24-2003, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by discostu
Second, is that he's giving the players more leverage. The best situation for him is that the NHL and NHLPA stay far apart in their discussions. He benefits from an extended lockout, or even a disbanding of the NHL if it ever gets that far (which I highly, highly, doubt). Also, if the presence of the league allows for a less owner friendly CBA because of the leverage that he provides, then there is increased potential that teams will contract, opening up new markets for the WHA.
It's a double-edged sword for the NHLPA. The WHA will have a $10 million salary cap, with one exemption for a marquee player. If the WHA is too successful it lends support to the NHL's position that some form of a cap is necessary.

In 1979 the original WHA dissolved and it's strongest teams joined the NHL. In the absence of a CBA, what's to stop the NHL from dissolving and joining the WHA where there's a salary cap in place? What's to stop this newly formed league from renaming itself the NHL?

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