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Online bookmaker: NHL lockout quite unlikely

Jun 13, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Yesterday, we expressed our optimism that the NHL and NHLPA would reach a new collective bargaining agreement without a lengthy work stoppage.

But if you thought we were enthusiastic, that’s nothing compared to online bookmaker Bovada, which is offering 1/5 odds that a deal will be in place before the current one expires on Sept. 15.

Bovada’s sportsbook manager, Kevin Bradley, explains in an email to PHT:

“Until both sides sit down and start talking about a new CBA, it will be impossible to gauge where the NHL is heading. However, thus far both sides are willing to talk and have agreed on some target dates, leading us to believe that a new CBA is imminent.”

For the pessimistic, there’s 3/1 odds the current CBA will expire before a new agreement is reached.

  1. cameltoews - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Please get it done

  2. dbarnes79 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    NHL cannot afford to miss any hockey when they missed a whole season last time. Not a single game!

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Optimism seems to be going around, Nick Kypreos was on Prime Time Sports last night and said he thinks the deal will be done, he pointed to the fact that the tone coming from Bettman is completely different then in 2004, back then it was all about how the NHL was struggling now it’s all about how successful the NHL is. Kypreos also went on to say he thinks there’s a number to compromise on and the only thing he thinks that could trip it up is if the owners ask for another 24% rollback.

    One other interesting thing he said, he believes the nhlpa would go along with contraction ( in this scenario 4 teams) if the NHL offered a favorable contract in return, however with the way Bettman fights for Phoenix there’s no way the NHL would actually consider this.

  4. comeonnowguys - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Fehr doesn’t care about the future of hockey. He’s there to get every last cent for the players.

    If that means a year or more without the NHL, moving it to the second tier of sports with Arena Football, so be it.

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