MRandall25 wrote:You're leaving off the part where the owners crack and try to work a deal.
It's not that inconceivable. They'd rather make a deal than have decertification. I think the majority of the owners would convince the hardline 8 that it's not worth the risk in court.
I agree...this comes down to 1 thing. Players decertify (and it is upheld by courts) and my interpretation, which i will admit could be wrong, is the cap- which the owners fought for and won- is gone. The league would be a mess and the appraisal value of each franchise (which someone before in this thread dismissed the forbes article based on general message board knowledge (whatever that means)) is in question. Owner's franchises are an investment...one that for most teams has done very well. If the NHL looks to be a train wreck that sponsors question involvement in and one that turns off potential future investors (owners) then the current group at the top of the NHL has quite a lot to lose.
The problem- at least from a pure negotiation standpoint is that the NHLPA hasn't had much leverage. This may be one of the most straight forward paths they have
Btw, hope all had a happy thanksgiving...