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08-27-2004, 10:23 PM
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A new league??

Well aparently the owners are discussing creating a new league.

Read about it here

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Well aparently the owners are discussing creating a new league.

Read about it here
But wouldn't they need to agree on a new CBA there as well? I think I may be a little lost here at how this would solve anything....

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Either way it can't be good news for hockey this season.

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At the end of the article:

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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?

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Owners would create their own CBA, wheras players would have to find owners, cities, arenas....

So owners do hold the upper hand in this IMO.

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wheras players would have to find owners, cities, arenas....

So owners do hold the upper hand in this IMO.
If you were a prospective owner, why would you sign on for a league where the players called the shots?

I can't see a player run league being anything other than a disaster...I say let 'em run with it, if nothing else it'd be entertaining to watch them stumble all over themselves.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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If they folded the league? and completely re-started it?

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