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Breaking Down The NHL Lawsuit

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

It wasn’t an entirely unexpected legal move, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Examining the lawsuit filed Friday by the NHL answers some of the questions raised during decertification speculation in recent weeks. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the lockout does not violate antitrust laws, but that’s just the beginning. 

Perhaps most interesting is a request made by the NHL that says if the judgment rules that a disclaimer of interest or decertification by the NHLPA is ultimately found to be valid, then all standard player contracts signed under the previous CBA would be void and unenforceable. 

“In the absence of a valid CBA or collective bargaining relationship, the provisions of the NHL SPCs will no longer have any force of effect,” the lawsuit reads. 

So, basically, everybody becomes a free agent in that scenario. Sure, it might lead to two or three years of court fights but the idea is a wild one to consider. 

continued and if you wish to read the lawsuit, Sportsnet has it in a .pdf.


added 10:54am,

If you are like me and have difficulty reading through all the legal jargon, Sportsnet did a video report on what these legal proceedings mean.  

You can watch the video below...

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Am I the only one who found it funny that Sportsnet filmed that video in front of a strip club??

Posted by Pulsar93 on 12/15/12 at 01:31 PM ET


I’d be skeptical of taking advice about to drop the gloves in a fight “they know they’re gonna lose because it’s the right thing to do,” when it’s coming from Nick Kypreos. For those who only know him as an analyst, I’ll always remember him as a brutal knockout victim of Ryan Vandenbusshe, a guy he had no business fighting. This ill-advised fight cost him his career.

Sometimes pulling up on your checks so as to not invoke the wrath of guy who can end you is the smart career move.

Posted by larry on 12/15/12 at 03:28 PM ET

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