The dumbest work stoppage in the history of management/labor negotiations is about over. At 5:00am this morning, Bettman & Fehr announced that they have agreed upon the framework of a new CBA.
Thank you NLRB mediator Scott Beckinbaugh for engaging the complete idiots through 16 consecutive hours of marathon jaw-jacking.
You can be certain fine points remain to be determined. The principal players, Bettman & Fehr described it as dotting i’s and crossing t’s. Unless of course somebody attempts to slip in deal breaking words and phrases.
For all intents and purposes we’ll kinda sorta get a hockey season this year. Expect somewhere north of 48 games.
Get excited Ducks fans, as those games will be played in the second half where our guys trend well. At least up to the trade deadline.
For those interested in winners and losers, there are no winners in this dispute. Everybody and everything lost. From the reputation of our game to the NHL and NHLPA to us fans and arguably most importantly the corporate sponsors.