How Does a Lockout Affect Me?

Last night the NHLPA distributed a memo to all of the players,it is titled “How Does a Lockout Affect Me?” Woo. That should tell you about all you need to know about where the state of CBA talks are right now. There are some interesting things in the memo, we’ll take a look at them, but again, this is more of a comment on the likelihood of a lockout than it is to breakdown an obscure piece of union literature.

  • Something that I really didn’t know is that the Players, including all of the guys who are on long term injured reserve, like Chris Pronger and Marc Savard, will get paid over the course of the lockout.
  • If, however, a player gets injured during a lockout—if they are playing in another league or whatever—they will not be eligible to receive their NHL paycheck until they are proven fit to play again. In addition, after the lockout ends, the team could assess additional penalties against the player who got hurt; this includes getting scratched or paying a fine to the team.
  • One thing that is really interesting is that a lockout could prevent most of this year’s top draft picks from playing in the NHL at all this year. If the lockout were to go past the normal cutoff to send players back to their CHL team (which happens in the 9th game of the NHL season), the NHL owners would have to consider whether or not it was worth it to risk sitting on their new top draft pick for an entire season that may or may not be played, or sending the player back to the CHL. Once back in the CHL, that player could not be called back up to the NHL team except on a one-game emergency basis.
  • It is true that the really big time prospects, Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk, Ryan Murray, could choose to do like other NHL players and go to Europe to play. But if you’re an owner are you willing to let the future of your franchise go to a league that can choose to pay them way more money, and hope they’ll come back?

So that’s that. I mean it isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, but the rules are perhaps different than what we thought. Of course that’s not the entirety of interesting or boneheaded comments to come from the NHL today.

Bill Daly, the deputy NHL commissioner, had some slightly controversial remarks regarding the PA:

I don’t think panic is right terminology, I hope no one is panicked. Having said that I do believe, based on the response we got on Friday, the concern we had about Sept. 15 not being a real deadline for the players and players association is probably more likely to be accurate. They certainly aren’t acting as if it’s a deadline.

This is the first time an NHL representative has really attempted to cast the PA in a bad light. I’m not going to make a big deal about this. This is a quote out of context, and it more refers to the fact that both sides know that there is flexibility beyond the specific September 15 date. I think Daly was jabbing at the media and fans who seem to be constantly on the verge of forgetting.

Donald Fehr came out and said as much—that the Players believe that September 15 is an important date, but they know that there are other things at stake. Right now I think it is important for the fans to consider that we won’t really be “missing” the NHL until October 12.

We ain’t dickin around.

Sources all around the Internet have been saying that the Players intend to resume talks with the Owners next week and that almost all of the players expect to turn out for such talks. That’s good. Yes, it sucks that there haven’t been any negotiations at all this entire week, but given that neither side has been especially tolerant of the other yet, taking a week off to get a fresh reset on the situation could be just what the league needed.

Finally, both Gary Bettman and Daly will not take their annual salaries for this season until the CBA is resolved. That’s nice of them, but given that Bettman makes $8 million a year and Daly still probably makes a considerable percentage of that, this isn’t really a powerful act of selflessness.

Big praise to Kevin Allen for all of these stories. Go hockey.


One Comment on “How Does a Lockout Affect Me?”

  1. […] word “lockout” has a really dirty connotation to fans of the NHL, and with good reason, but as we said recently, even if the Players get locked out on Saturday, that may not be the end of the […]

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