Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/04/12 at 08:00 PM ET
from Michael Taube (once a speechwriter for CPM Stephen Harper) at USA TODAY,
Team owners should withdraw their clubs from the NHL. No teams, no league. Owners could then start up a new league with a blank slate.
The teams would need to renegotiate all arrangements with existing cities and/or arenas of now-former NHL teams. This could be a little tricky because the original deals were signed with the NHL, but it is in all parties' best interests to work things out.
Most players wouldn't need to be enticed to stay with their respective clubs. Most would automatically make the switch, as the new league would still be the biggest and best-paying game in town. Without the unrealistic expectations of past arrangements, owners and players would be free to find a new financial balance that can be flexible in changing economic times.
Saving hockey for the future is more important than saving the NHL. While players and owners are losing truckloads of money, fans have had enough. It's time to blow it to bits and rebuild.
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