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Players to begin voting Sunday to give authority to dissolve union

Dec 15, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby AP

The NHLPA’s options in the face of the suit filed against them by the league aren’t many, but they’ll begin taking action on one of them starting tomorrow.

TSN reports the players will begin a five-day voting period on Sunday to decide whether or not to dissolve the union. Once the vote is completed — and it’s believed they’ll have the votes to support a “disclaimer of interest” — they’ll have until January 2 to file it.

Should things reach this point, the players could see their contracts challenged by the league. In the NHL’s complaint against the players, they said if their move to disclaim or decertify was upheld by the NLRB, they could move to void all current contracts.

While this all sounds like doom and gloom stuff right now, moving things into the courts could actually lead to a new deal being worked out sooner than not. That is if both sides aren’t deadly serious about going through the courts to get this whole thing figured out.

  1. id4joey - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    If the PA is deadly serious then they will not wait until Jan 2 to file.

  2. fortwaynekomets - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    I have already replaced the NHL to the ECHL. its not the same talent, but you’d be shocked how many draft picks and NHLers are playing in the league right now. its awesome, Ryan Reaves, Devin Settagucci, Brandon Dubinski, Ryan Clowe, etc. the list goes on and on. It’s way better than the KHL, in my opinion. but then again I hate the euro-trash game they bring to North American Hockey.

    For 30 bucks a month I get unlimited ECHL hockey on America One Sports online, including access to the Video On Demand archives of past games!!!

    ps. I do not work for the ECHL, I am promoting it out of pure passion for my team, the Fort Wayne Komets, who are celebrating their 60th season with the legendary rink announcer Bob Chase!

    Don’t let the NHL ruin your families Christmas! I know there is no way to explain this to the kids, but take them to your local AHL or ECHL teams games! The tradition lives on!

  3. dumbasdirt - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    It will (not it could) void all of the contracts. The players have already lost several weeks of game checks. This move could result in the cancellation of the entire season.

    Next season the NHL will start over again with around a $25 million dollar salary cap per team. Ticket prices will have to be slashed by 50-75% to try to win back fan support.

    Nothing is more expensive then regret

    • trick9 - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      How? For NBA and NFL it quickly lead to reaching agreement. Moderate owners will not want to go through with this and thankfully there aren’t enough hard-liners that can go through this by themselves.

  4. shotzongoal - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Keep in mind this is all posturing at this point. The vote is only to authorize the executive committee and not to begin the process. There will be an agreement well before this

  5. blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    LOCK-ON BABY !!!

    Somehow my faith in an agreement being reached, is now being rapidly replaced by almost a desire for these idiots to really do themselves in … and that’s a shame as it should never have come to this. But it sure is entertaining eh ? :)

    • sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      I forgot how hot Jill St. John was. That was funny.

  6. shotzongoal - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Wouldn’t it be a pisser if the rank and file voted against the disclaimer of interest?

  7. jimw81 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    i guess fehr and bettman are really serious about playing chicken in the road.

  8. wsphloyd - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Gary Bettman has ruined the NHL.

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    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM

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  9. ksctychiefs - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    looks like this season is done……2 lost seasons in seven years?… next Fall there may be 5-6 less nhl teams…..assuming the season even starts next Fall…..

  10. thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM

  11. omniusprime - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    We can see that by taking 5 whole days for the NHL player morons to vote if they want to get rid of their union that they just aren’t intelligent enough to do the vote in one day. I mean we can do our voting in one day as citizens of the USA so why can’t some overpaid NHL morons do it too? I guess they need 4 whole days to figure out how to vote without using a stick.

    NHL players use the directions for Head On for how to use their hockey sticks “Apply directly to the forehead”.

    This union decertification joke is going to cost another two weeks where both sides could be bargaining in earnest, the good news is you can kiss off the first two weeks of January now. The following week will be Christmas and all the NHL is going to leave it’s foolish fans is coal in their stockings.

    Na na na na, Na na na na, Hey-ey Goodbye!!!

    • id4joey - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      I predicted there will be talks this week. The PA is in the ropes waiting for Fehr to throw in the towel, and Bettman and team will land the final blow this week.

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