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Players also voting on possibility of forming a trade association

Dec 17, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT


As we previously reported, the players are in the process of deciding whether or not to give the NHLPA executive committee the authority to file a disclaimer of interest. In addition to that, they’re also voting on the matter of potentially forming a professional trade association, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

The professional trade association would reportedly replace the union should the NHLPA decide to go through with the disclaimer of interest.

That would be in line with what the NBPA did during the 2011 NBA lockout.

Daniel Cleary and Shawn Horcoff predicted that the players would overwhelmingly vote in favor of the disclaimer of interest.

Doing so might push the lockout fight to the courtroom. The NHL has already acted in anticipation of the NHLPA dissolving by filing a Class Action Complaint.

It’s worth noting that the NBA lockout ended up being resolved quickly after the basketball players dissolved their union. We’ll see if history repeats itself.

  1. mountainmantride - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Hockey Fan Files ‘Claimer of Disinterest’

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      I’m not disinterested, as a fan I’d simply like to find a way to influence them when they are acting like children, so we don’t have to sit here and watch it go on for months. The longer the two sides take to make a decision the more options take the clear middle ground between both sides.

      A for instance of this could be could be each issue has 5 days to be decided upon, after that the middle ground between the issues takes effect. If the players want more of one thing they have to give up more of something else and visa versa for the owners.

      We would have been done with almost everything by November even if the lockout started on September 15 and we would have still had an 82 game season.

      • sheckyrimshot - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

        i say we all pool our resources and hire ron hextall as goodwill ambassador to the fans. he can sit in on meetings and any time someone steps out of line he can engage them in a game of “stop hitting yourself”.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        I actually like that idea….the problem is that whenever I think of Hextall, this comes to mind:

  2. id4joey - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    And some here gave me thumbs down for posting the same info… Wow!

    id4joey | Dec 17, 2012, 6:50 PM EST
    According to Renaud Lavoie, there are 2 separate items the players are voting on. 1) disclaimer of interest 2) creating a professional association that will be responsible for non hockey related negotiation. i.e. no contract negotiations

    • id4joey - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      And more thumbs down for me….. Too funny! Well! My kids love me… Hahahahaha!

      • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        And so does Blomfeld !!!! :)

  3. sportsfan69 - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    How many game checks lost now? Going nowhere….

  4. shotzongoal - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Something the players need to be aware of is the NHL owners are not like the NBA or NFL owners. The NHL risks are nowhere near the losses NFL or the NBA would have experienced in this situation Also the NHL owners have demonstrated the resolve and the emotional and financial wherewithal to support losing an entire year of revenues. I’m hoping this is all posturing, but if the PA wants to “go to the mattresses” they better be ready for a long battle.” I think the owners will dig in even harder this time. While the player will lose another year of NHL salary, most owner will write off hockey losses on other business and pay less taxes and maybe make more money. Is this fair? No, but it is free enterprise.

    • sportsfan69 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Unfortunately that is the truth. Excellent point Shotzongoal.

  5. coreydm80 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    People need to stop comparing the NHL to the nba. This is a different situation and different people. Last I checked the nba didn’t have a bettman or fehr. That said this could work out if everyone stopped trying to be the nba or nfl. Focus on what u need to do, not what they did.

    • zetaone - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      The NBA used to have a Bettman..

  6. coreydm80 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    @zetaone Good call😃

  7. Jeff - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    The hockey players don’t have the balls to dissolve their union like the NBA threatened to.

  8. antkowiak666 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    doesn’t Horcoff make more then 6 million a season??he scored 13 goals and 21 assists last season.
    enough said.

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