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Mike Knuble thinks “it’s going to be awhile” before we have a new CBA

Aug 28, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

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Mike Knuble turned 40 in July and he’s an unrestricted free agent. He’s coming off a rough season, but still wants to continue his NHL career.

Knuble, in an report, said that he does think that the labor situation has left his contract situation in “limbo” until a new CBA is signed. Unfortunately, that means he might be waiting for a very long time.

“My own opinion is it’s going to be awhile because they’re not even close to being on the same page,” Knuble said. “I think the issues are different than the last time … and now there are a lot of revenues out there and they’re trying to figure out how to split it the right way.

“(The league’s) take is look what just happened in basketball and football. And the players say, well, look at baseball. They don’t have a salary cap and they’re just fine. So, it’s going to be a he said, she said and go back and forth.”

The NHL presented the players with a new proposal on Tuesday and some of the details have reportedly surfaced.


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  1. mpg44 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Only an idiot would compare baseball to hockey….. They are established , an American pastime . Hockey is having a hard time getting decent tv coverage!! Hockey is still recovering from the last lockout. !! Again….. Only an idiot would compare baseball to hockey!!!! another lockout and lacrosse would be better off then hockey !! To the owners and players …… The only ones “irreplaceable” involved is the fans!!! Remember that!!

    • stakex - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      While I mostly side with the players, I completely agree thats the most idiotic point I keep seeing them make. Hockey is not very popular in the United States when compared to baseball…. and its never going to be.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        And only the big spenders ever win anything. I know Cubs fans are all about their “lovable losers” but that doesn’t fly in the NHL for any team, unless you count the Leafs as “lovable.”

      • stakex - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        Well at the end of the day the owners don’t care as much about winning as they do about making money. Losing baseball teams can still be very profitable…. not so much for a hockey team, unless that team is in Canada (Thrashers/Jets) are the perfect example.

    • sunderlanding - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      It’s stupid to compare any of them. Hockey to baseball, basketball or football. Who cares what they do? Let’s find a deal that works for hockey and to hell with the rest of the leagues. It just seems like both parties are using this as a staling point.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    I heard something interesting yesterday, while its true that NBC will still pay the NHL this year even if they don’t play if NBC starts losing games this season then the NHL will be responsible to give NBC a free season at the end of the tv deal to make up for it, tv rights will naturally be higher at that point, it’s doubtful that the owners will be excited about. That prospect. At the latest this will get done by December 10th so the NHL can get 24/7 and the Winter Classic in. Assuming the players don’t then drag it out a week or two longer to have the Winter Classic cancelled just to spite Bettman.

  3. barkar942 - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Mike Knuble thinks “it’s going to be awhile” before we have a new CBA.

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