If the owners get to 50-50 then they have lost their future argument to make any cuts and I expect the future contracts to get to more reasonable level and length. The loopholes are closing in this CBA. So owners economic stupidity should be in the passed.
The 5 year max prohibits a lot of the stupidity. To expect a human being to play out a 10 year contract in one of the most brutal professional sports out there is stupid.
I doubt it. I am leaning to a full season lockout after the Winter Classic got cancelled. I don't see them coming to an agreement until next summer. Will make for a crazy free agency and trading free-for-all.
This is what bothers me... If they are willing to cancel a whole season, then most people expect that they will be ready to play in October 2013.
So sometime in the summer of 2013 they are expected to come together and make a deal.
Well, NHL people, why not just make that deal happen now???