I'm not sure that's the season either. Though if they do cancel this week, then you wonder if there's an incentive? There should have been an incentive to get a deal done in November at the latest. Won't they(The players) lose more money by cancelling more than two months of the season, then if they started in November on the deal the NHL gave them just now?
Agreed, the fantasy draft is probably the only real draw of the ASG at this point... and that novelty will even wear off pretty quickly.
But, in terms of the WC... even if these negotiations get patched up in the next week, is there anybody (fans, players, owners) who'd find it in them to get all rah-rah in support of it by the time New Years comes around?
As much as I want hockey back, I don't find myself getting enthused when a CBA is finally settled.
All star game is a joke. I watched parts of it for the first time since the late 90s this year. I was kinda glad our guys got snubbed, and didn't play. Our team came back rested, and kicking ass too after it was over.
No it isn't. The entire season won't be cancelled until January at the earliest.
If the Classic gets canceled, what's the incentive for the owners to budge 'at all' until next Summer? The Classic makes a ton of money for them, not the players. For a deal to be done after that, the players would have to totally cave and I don't see Fehr doing that.
Obviously the cancellation of the Classic doesn't immediately mean the cancellation of the season. What I meant is that once the Classic is done, a solid % of revenue is gone and it's pretty much the tipping point. There's no more incentive to meet a deadline.
The season isn't officially over but it might as well be. A few more PR offers, but it's not going to lead to an agreement. Pathetic effort from both sides. I'm kind of curious to see how much money is lost with the cancellation of a full season vs. the amount of money the two are arguing over.
I've grown pessimistic now, and I'm an optimist in just about everything. I think that one of the main reasons the owners were willing to go to 50% was to save an 82 game season. Now that that option is gone, I don't think they'll be willing to give the players that much anymore, which means both sides are going to play chicken until the season gets canceled.