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09-11-2012, 05:57 AM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Davebo View Post
With no CBA in place, how much influence over the players does the NHL and it's commissioner have right now?

With no CBA in place, expect most of the players to bolt for Europe as soon as they are locked out.
Bettman controls the office of the commissioner which is legally pretty powerful in the NHL.

With a lockout players generally bolt, but would come back for a return to work for the most part.

If the Habs players get their way with the QLB though, they have no choice. They are bound by their exclusive(non-union according to Quebec law in this hypothetical) contracts to the Canadiens. They can't go to another league under those circumstances.

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