September 12 2012 10:12AM
Other teams are busy locking up core pieces before the CBA expires.
Will Alexander or Alexandre get an extension this week?
On Saturday night, when the clock hits 12:00 AM EST, the current NHL CBA will expire and be replaced by... a pumpkin? Not really, this isn't a Cinderella story, instead the current CBA will be replaced by an aching void where NHL hockey used to be.
So what does this mean for your Vancouver Canucks?
September 11 2012 05:28PM
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September 11 2012 10:24AM
These fans care. (Photo: Luciano Belviso/flickr creative commons)
The media’s coverage of the current NHL labour dispute has been, at best, cynical, frustrated but empathetic to fans. At worst, it's been pro-player . In 2004, most reporting focused on runaway salaries and the plight of weak teams. Then, though it may have been actually a lockout driven by a handful rich teams, the narrative was much more about building stability for the league; this time, it’s much clearer that the narrative matches the reality. Then, it was saving the game for weak taems (while ignoring the massive profits that would be predictably reaped by the top tier of clubs); now it's simply about protecting the bottom line.
The players being millionaires makes the whole thing hard to swallow. Millionaires versus billionaires, seriously who are you supposed to pick?
September 10 2012 03:01PM
Daniel Sedin practicing with his teammates today at UBC.
Barring a miracle, the whole operation gets shuttered on Saturday.
Photo Credit: David Ebner.
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September 10 2012 01:10PM
Those were hard days for Trevor Linden and the NHLPA
Labour law has a long tradition in Canada, and it's no surprise that a game so interwoven with Canada's national identity is currently watching as its players seek to take advantage of the rights that have been afforded to them. Efforts in Quebec and Alberta may only delay the inevitable, but there's an intriguing local angle to sports labour law that is worth considering.
The Canucks players in 2005 tried to certify themselves as a unique union in the province of British Columbia. Ultimately they lost the case, and weren't permitted to certify, but the story is particularly relevant today given the announcement that Canadiens players will move to block a lockout in Quebec under the unique circumstances afforded them. More on that later.