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10-03-2012, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Epsilon View Post
Since the NHLPA is locked out rather than on strike, the NHL would have to jump through considerably more hoops in order to use replacement players: approval from the NLRB, possible legal issues with scabs being used primarily for anti-labor activities rather than for a primarily economic purpose, etc.

Plus, without a union, salary cap, UFA rights, the draft, are all illegal. "Breaking the union" is the last thing the owners can afford to do. The union is what allows them to be compete in the US market.

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