Free Agent Talk (Part XV): The Non-Frenzy Edition
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08-09-2012, 02:08 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Kevin Allen wrote a column on his predictions for the season
9. The NHL schedule will be at least 60 games: Certainly, there is potential for a lockout, and losing games is a real possibility (see the NBA). But unlike in 2004, there is no sense that either side is anticipating a lost season. In the summer of 2004, we were already predicting that. Donald Fehr might be new to the NHL Players' Association, but this isn't his first rodeo. The NHL's first proposal was harsh, but we can guess that Fehr expected that. Everybody knows the finished new deal won't look anything like that proposal (see NBA and NFL). If there is a lockout, it will be a short one because both sides are too scared to blow up another season.
The worry: Negotiations fall apart, and both sides resort to a war of words.
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