NHL labor source: 'We will not play next year'

NHL labor source: 'We will not play next year'
July 16, 2012, 5:33 pm
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Joe Yerdon

The NHLs first offer in its negotiations with the NHLPA was seen by many as a shot across the unions bow. And with the league reportedly asking for a considerably larger split in hockey-related revenue from the players, the elimination of signing bonuses, as well as a salary rollback, predictions of a work stoppage are growing in number.

In fact, one source with knowledge of the players side of the negotiation is predicting not just a work stoppage, but an entire lost season.

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Last time around, the NHL made its salary cap proposal and barely moved off it, the source, speaking under the condition of anonymity, told PHT. This is not an initial proposal. The league is shutting down and its come back when youre ready to accept.

This is exactly what happened last time. You heard it here first, we will not play next year.