Just when you thought it couldn’t get any nastier. Uglier. Stupider. Ok more stupid. When it comes to this whole ordeal. Stupider and stupidest seem more appropriate.
A preliminary vote took place to begin steps into disbanding the union. This sent NHL lawyers into action filing several lawsuits which included Unfair labor acts as well as a class-action suit. This doesn’t appear to bode well for the fans or players. Owners appear too greedy and relentless in the process. With mediation in the rearview. Meeting after meeting producing little progress. Fans growing restless. No one has stood up and pounded their fist on the negotiation table. Until now.
I Troy Baker DEMAND you get into a room and make this happen. Both sides have shown they won’t back down. Well no one cares about the egos involved. Enough is enough. The time for diplomacy has ended. Talk is cheap. No one can afford to bite their tongues. NHL understand the ramifications of what you are doing here. Do not lose the season or suffer the consequences of a nuclear winter. NHLPA realize that you can still have a huge house and several cars. Find something comfortable to swallow. Maybe a clause that provides more when the game gets bigger. TV contracts and sponsorship. Nothing happens if the wheels are on cinder blocks.
NHLPA is going this route versus a longer decertification. Which can take forever to conclude. We all know this is just stall tactics and negotiation plays. Each side making a move intended to break the other. No one wants to blink here. A deadly game of chicken I fear will end in tragedy.
This spells doom for this season and who knows how much longer after that. I am an optimistic person. With all the testosterone involved I see no positive end in sight. It is with heavy heart I pronounce the NHL and NHLPA Dead. Rest in Peace.