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Blow It All Up?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

At this point of the proceedings, why not toss a small nuclear device into the works?

Things have gone so swimmingly between the NHL and its locked-out players that to be talking about decertification -- a strategy described by various legal experts in terms ranging from "AK-47" to "incendiary device" to "nuclear weapon" -- seems about as logical as anything, given the lack of logic at play so far.

In a process marked by a startling lack of grace and civility, many players are now clamoring for a move that has the potential to level the NHL and leave it in tatters, pending the various outcomes that decertification represent.

In short, and in the wake of a failed attempt at mediation, it is the ultimate act in a play whose main characters have been anger, mistrust and disrespect.


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A post-decertification NHL, in which poor markets go belly up and teams are free to bid whatever they please on players, would be no worse for fans than the fake parity slop the NHL has been ladling for the last 25+ years. I hope it goes that way. It likely won’t. The capitalists who run the NHL are ironically terrified of free markets.

Posted by YouppiKiYay on 12/03/12 at 03:39 PM ET


Once the poor markets go belly up and the owners lose the free re-location fees, we’ll see how quickly they establish expansion teams in more viable markets such as GTA and Seattle. I don’t think the players will lose as many jobs as predicted and this fake southern footprint will finally be put to bed.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/03/12 at 04:58 PM ET

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