October 10 2012 03:58PM
The NHL won one battle, albeit a very minor one, as the Alberta Labour board ruled that the lockout can continue. I was able to obtain via email the reasoning behind this decision.
Following the same thought process of our British Columbia counterparts, we likewiseare of the opinion that the application of the provisions of the Alberta Code with respect tostrikes and lockouts to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers Clubs in this instance would have the same detrimental effect on the league-wide collective bargaining relationship as the British Columbia Labour Relations Board recognized would result from certification of a separate bargaining unit for the Vancouver Canucks. Whether via certification of a separate unit (as with Orca Bay) or by way of the application of Alberta’s strike-lockout provisions, the result would be to carve one or two teams out from the league-wide structure and replace it with their own individualized collective bargaining relationship. Given the unique nature of professional sports and more specifically the NHL and its structure in particular, this makes no labour relations sense.
For all of the above reasons, we dismiss the NHLPA’s application in its entirety.
I don't think this has an impact in the overall negotations, but if it helps both sides focus on the task at hand then this is a small victory for the fans.
October 10 2012 12:13PM
Just when you thought the public posturing couldn't become more frustrating/annoying/pathetic, NHLPA head Donald Fehr suggested to the Toronto Star the longer the lockout goes then the players might want to abolish the salary cap.
I'm sure we all believe the players would sit out a 2nd year just to get rid of the cap. Didn't they try that in 2004? Mr. Fehr, a quick tip, don't insult your fans. We know they ultimately don't have a say in this ridiculous lockout, but throwing out the "cap card" might have been your least intelligent statement to date.
October 10 2012 08:30AM
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“Now that (fill in the blank) has retired, we’ll likely see the Red Wings return to the pack”.
I think I first heard that after the Russian Five gradually left the Red Wings. Then again when Scotty Bowman retired and they lost players like Dominic Hasek, Brendan Shanahan and so on. Yet again when Yzerman retired. And the same things were being said this past summer when Lidstrom retired and they weren’t able to sign Ryan Suter.
October 09 2012 09:51PM
October 09 2012 08:11PM
At this time two years ago, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi pretty much had the Edmonton Oilers marquee all to themselves. They were marketed as the future faces of the franchise.