The NHL has had three major work stoppages since 1994. On each occasion, the league’s owners, led by commissioner Gary Bettman, locked out the players. And every time, the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL failed to reach an agreement after lengthy, heated negotiations. The current CBA will expire in 2022. Both the NHLPA and the owners could choose to opt out of the existing agreement this September, effectively ending the deal in 2020. What are the chances we’ll see another lockout? Pretty good based on recent history. Is there anything that can be done to stop it? Mandatory Binding Arbitration is one option.
The first lockout began on Oct. 1, 1994, on the eve of the regular season. The owners wanted a salary cap and a formal collective bargaining agreement. The locko...
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