by PuckStopsHere on 12/16/12 at 01:18 PM ET
The NHL has locked out its players for over three months and we have finally hit a point where the paradigm may shift. The NHL players are acting to dissolve the NHLPA. I asked during the 2005 lockout why the NHLPA exists. They are supposed to be an organization for the NHL players to get them a better deal from the owners. That isn't the way it has been lately. The NHLPA has accepted salary caps and other restrictions that would not exist under a free market. The NHL players would be better off without accepting these restrictions. In the current lockout where the NHL is demanding more restrictions, the NHL players have finally decided that the union does more to help the league than it does the players.
If you need proof of that statement look at the current events. The players are voluntarily acting to get rid of their union and the NHL is running to court to try to stop them. The NHL needs the union. The players are better off without it.
If this process is completed it will change the landscape of the lockout. There is uncertainty about exactly how things will stand when everything is completed but it is clear that both sides believe that the players would be better off without the NHLPA.
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