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09-12-2012, 10:48 AM
Blueline Bomber
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So other than this Sunday, there are two deadlines: One for the players, one for the owners.

The deadline for the players is what would have been the start of the regular season. After which, they start losing paychecks. I can't imagine that'll make too many players happy.

However, the deadline for the owners is about mid-December. The point where the Winter Classic becomes in danger of becoming cancelled. That's a major revenue stream for the NHL, and I can't see the NHL cancelling the season past that point.

So if the players can handle losing their paychecks until about mid-December, they'll have an upper hand in negotiations. If they can't, they'll have to concede to the owners demands.

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