An industry insider with knowledge of the players side of the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation is predicting that there won’t be a 2012-13 season.
This is not an initial proposal. The league is shutting down and it’s ‘come back when you’re ready to accept.’ This is exactly what happened last time. You heard it here first, we will not play next year.” Of course, it’s still too early to panic.
The economics of the NHL are different now than they were during the last lockout and the players remember what happened to them the last time they tried to hold out for an entire season. We might end up seeing a lot of these kinds of predictions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that when it comes right down to it, that both sides will follow through on their threats instead of compromising.
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