While we’re busy trying to gear up for the 2012-13 NHL season, we’ve been forced to take into account that yet another labour stoppage is quite possibly in the cards.
The owners and players are almost two billion dollars apart according to at least one report. I’m not an economics expert, but I’d be willing to wager that it’ll take more than a fifteen minute coffee break to hammer that sort of thing out.
Please recall 1994-95, where approximately half the season was lost due to a labour dispute. Teams began play in January of 1995 in a 48 game shortened season. No inter-conference play was held that season until the Stanley Cup Finals, where the New Jersey Devils dispatched the Detroit Red Wings in four straight games.
Remember the 2004-05 season? Yeah, me neither. The NHL earned a dubious distinction of being the first of the “big four” sports to lose an entire season due to a labour dispute.
At least Major League Baseball played two-thirds a season in 1994 before robbing the Expos at a chance at glory.
Poll it up. We’re less than a month away from when training camps are scheduled to open. How much time will be lost to yet another work stoppage?
THE LOCKOUT: How much time will be lost?
- Anywhere from October to the end of the year. Play a half season like 1994-95 (50%, 89 Votes)
- Some training camp will be lost. The season will start on time. (22%, 39 Votes)
- 2012-13? Forget it. (17%, 30 Votes)
- No lockout. Players and owners will come to an agreement before training camp is scheduled to open. (7%, 12 Votes)
- 2013-14? Forget that. (4%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 178
If anyone wins any two billion dollar lotteries over the next month, let me know. We can help put it to good use. Sorta.
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