The NHLPA will be in no hurry to get a deal done. SEL2 is allowing NHL players to sign contracts with an out clause... they expect the SEL to follow.
A lot of players will go to Sweden to play.
They will not be interested in getting the NHL back. They don't give a damn about the workers who are being laid off or having their wages cut back.. and they don't give a damn about the fans.
They will go to Europe to play for less than the NHL offered them.
This lockout at MINIMUM will be the entire NHL season... We may be looking at 2 years. That's what Fehr first told the union membership.. be prepared for 2 yrs out.
I fear the Ottawa Senators will no longer exist along with quite a few other teams..
NHLPA is like 700 members, no way anywhere near that many find jobs overseas. The amount of players who will be out of a job with no income greatly outnumbers the rich ones who can find work, they can outvote them if it comes to that. So much for player unity. I refuse to believe they'll be stupid enough to lose another year, especially if Fehr wants to go on a crusade against the salary cap at their expense.
And I can't find any info that Fehr said they'll need to sit out 2 years, Goodenow said that years ago and the union caved in a year anyway.
Considering their desperate anti-NHL PR campaign I think they'll be more desperate sooner than the NHL.
Cox's article isn't too far off the mark. The union is dysfunctional and corrupt as noted by their history, there's never been anything but animosity between the PA and the NHL and Fehr isn't helping one bit.
There is plenty of players from the last lockout still around, I refuse to believe they'll sit out an entire season AGAIN for nothing.