Ironically, the players have been considering the same thing.
Yeah, they talked about this in '94 too.
So if the players start a league, who'll pay them?
As for the owners, maybe this is why we're getting the anguished rhetoric from them that the NHLPA doesn't want to negotiate...perhaps laying the groundwork for justification of possibly doing the big CTRL+ALT+DEL in January?
Ya, it'd be nice to see them humbled that way. Players will never run a league. It's that simple. The reason the NHL is so messed up today is because the players are so involved in the financial aspect so much.
If the owners created a new league, we'd see at the very least 75% of the current players there. Fact is they don't have too many choices where to play.
The only impediment I'd see to the owners trying to pull off something like this would be on the legal side...I guess they'd have to prove that all avenues of negotiation w/ the NHLPA have failed, wouldn't they?
COULD the NHLPA sue their pants off if they tried this?