I hate Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman already for these not being played.
I have no basis for my opinion beyond the obvious bullet points one could spout off the top of your head, but I truly believe there will not be a lockout/strike.
Seriously, zero chance. Might be some haggling on the cap numbers, RFA rules, roster limits or number of contracts a team can have, but ultimately, not a single preseason game will be missed. Oh, and revenue sharing (biggie).
And when are the CBA negotiations supposed to start/end (hypothetically)?
I'm going to be pissed off if it's a lockout the year I decide to see a Wings game in person.
I'm pretty sure Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr hope to begin talks in the coming weeks. Yeah, I was also planning to attend a Wings game next season, during the march break. So I'm good just as long as the entire season isn't cancelled.