Well, it is looking more likely the NHL will endure a second lockout in eight seasons. News came out today that the NHL owners support the decision to lockout the players assuming a new labor agreement is not worked out by Saturday at midnight.
Wednesday, the owners and players met and exchanged proposals. However, there seems to be very little movement in the two groups. The latest league proposal does show minimal progress, but not enough to really move the needle. The league’s newest offer is a six year deal and starts the players at 49 percent of hockey related income. The player’s percentage of hockey related income reduces to 47 percent during the course of the agreement. This is an increase from the first two proposals which were 43 and 46 percent.
If things continue down this path, this would be NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s third work stoppage during his tenure. Should the NHL examine Bettman’s future with the league? Admittedly, he is doing the owner’s bidding and as long as he continues to get them a fair deal I doubt any changes will be made.