by, 09-10-2012 at 16:08 (1086 Views)
Just a quick CBA update;
There have been informal meetings that took place last weekend, no new meetings are scheduled. And the NHLPA is trying to take legal action to block the lockout in the provinces of Alberta and Quebec. The move could be considered the first punch if you will in what could be an ugly lock out if it is proceeded, which is expected at this point.
A personal take on this is that I am not convinced a lock out is avoidable, and further then that is that I can see opening night missed. And if the NHL and NHLPA decide to go to war from Saturday onward we could be talking about half a season being missed. It happened with the NBA in the fall of 2011, there is no reason to think the NHL cannot or will not follow it up with something similar.
I do not think this lock out had to happen, the NHL and NHLPA were in no rush to get to the bargaining table. They should have had more time to discuss things but they stalled and now the fans of the sport have to suffer with the consequences again just like 2004-2005 but only hopefully not an entire season again. Honestly I would be shocked if we lost the entire 2012-2013 season, especially with the way the league has been gaining popularity, which is why I am disappointed and somewhat shocked that the league is in this position.