Will NHL Players Really Continue to Play Without a New Collective Bargaining Agreement?

For those who haven’t been following the NHL’s labor agreement is set to expire on Saturday, at which point it’s expected that NHL owners will lock out the players.

The NHL Players Association is trying to make the case in Canada that this will violate labor laws. If some provincial labor boards step in and allow players on some Canadian teams to have access to facilities while players in the U.S. remain locked out.

The players continue to insist they will play without a new collective bargaining agreement in place. (They would play under the terms of the old one.)

Unfortunately, it’s doubtful the owners would ever give up the leverage that a lockout gives them.

And so we wait for September 15 and the second NHL lockout in the last decade.


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