Why exactly can't they take the whole year to discuss the new CBA, all the while playing some damn hockey with the old one? I don't know why that isn't an option.
It is an option, but it's an option the owners refuse. A lockout puts pressure on the players to cave into their demands because they don't want to go a full season without a salary. It also removes the possibility of a player strike before the winter classic or before the playoffs.
1st place team who year before got postseason experience with ALCS loss. Thomas/Ventura rising stars and a loaded vet team with most making push for last chance at title (Raines/Cora/Guillen/Johnson/Franco)
Bere , Alvarez , McDowell , Fernandez was as good as any other 4 man rotation in baseball... Year later Bere's arm was wrecked , Blackjack was gone and Alavez's weight exploded (Fernadez was reliable then left as FA in 96)
IMO the White Sox and Expos were on collision course that year (Yankes and Braves were only real threats IMO to either)
I lost all hope for NHL preventing lockout the momnet the NHLPA hired Fehr ,,,,, Guy destroyed baseball and will do same with Hockey
You can live with Pitt getting another once every decade superstar ...ouch
If there are defined parameters involved, sure. Like, in what situation Bettman can jump in and say "these guys need this pick, now." At least then we could deal with reality, instead of vague conspiracy theories.
Both sides are doing nothing to get a deal done now they are not getting together till next week.
Actually both sides are trying.. The parts they are on now are the frustrating parts because both sides want more money. So you'll have both sides storming out of the talks from time to time.. By taking a few days break, they can think about the offers more calmly and make reasonable counters