And they both cause a collapse of the league. I'm sure a majority of owners don't want all players to suddenly become free agents either. Small teams wont be able to compete, and big teams risk losing the well constructed teams they have. It's complete anarchy over a couple of contracting issues.
Too anyone thinking either side has won or is going to win this. STOP. Because both sides lose in this scenario. Owners, Players, and most of all the fans. A players association and a CBA is mutually beneficial too both sides in the long run but since neither sides has ever wanted to play nice we end up with a joke of system and the laughing stock of pro sports.
People, settle down. This wasn't a surprise to anyone, and for sure not to Bettman/Fehr. Like the poster above mentioned, the NBA did the EXACT same thing during their recent lockout (sue to block decertification/void contracts). It's all part of the negotiation.
The players WON'T become free agents. That would be awful for both sides and kill the league. They won't let it happen.
No, they won't - because that just might be the "checkmate" moment of this process. NONE of the players want that to happen.
If Snider loses Giroux, he might have a shot at Stammer or Geno too. If the Habs can replace Price and PK with comparable guys while getting rid of Gomez and Bourque, Habs fans like myself wouldn't bat an eye.
It goes both ways.
Theoretically, If the worst happens, teams like Philly, NYR, Montreal, etc won't have a problem getting new stars. What about teams like TB or Nashville?
Down in the basement, I've got a Craftsman lathe. Show it to the children when they misbehave.
this is hilarious......especially in regards to the players tweets being submitted in court,...whether it affects anything or not.....those players look like imbeciles now...and I don`t care how the Caps roster looks, I wanna see those contracts voided, just for the sheer spectacle of watching millionaire players panic and point fingers at each other !
If everything goes to hell, I imagine RFA status wouldn't count. I'm just guessing though.
As has been mentioned, it's a low chance of everything going to hell...but you never know. This is Bettman and Fehr.
The players surely don't want to risk having to let a third party decide their fate. They will not give up the contracts that they have signed and risk coming back to a league with non-guaranteed contracts.
We shouldn't have too much trouble. In a poll a while back asking the players where they would most like to play, they ranked TB 5th.
Yup, most cities appeal to different players. Montreal Toronto (and others) will get play because they are hockey crazy cities. But other nice cities that aren't hockey crazy are also appealing to some players (Phx comes to mind).
It's the Columbus' of the league that are going to have trouble.