As reported a couple of days ago, the NHL and NHLPA have ceased communication regarding the 2020-21 season.
Certain things still need to be ironed out and with the month of November coming to an end, it's not looking good.
Expectations were that the NHL season was supposed to start on January 1 with training camps beginning in December.
This plan seems to be falling apart.
The NHLPA has already taken huge pay cuts during the recent renegotiation of the CBA and now the NHL and it's owners want to reopen the CBA and have it's players take another $300million in concessions.
As Kevin McGran of The Sun points out, this all has the familiar blueprint of the NHL's previous lockout.
"This is right in the playbook from the 2012-13 season. The league’s last offer on the table prior to the first cancelling of a slate of games was Sept. 19, 2012. The league asked players to slash their salaries down to 44 per cent of hockey related revenue. They had been getting 57 per cent of HRR till then.
Then long stretches of silence. Things perked up mid-October, then again early-November, then again early December. That’s when the threats of legal action went both ways: the association saying it would decertify, the league saying it would nullify all contracts.
Things got serious on Dec. 27, and a deal was reached Jan. 6 (I was at London Heathrow, catching a connecting flight home from the world juniors in Russia, Team Canada’s players gathering around my phone because I was the only one with service.)
They had a one-week training camp starting Jan. 11. A 48-game season started Jan. 19."
Money of course is the main reason both sides aren't happy, as owners will take a hit with no fans and players already taking a hit on salary would take a bigger one.
"It would probably cost each team at least around $150 million (all figures U.S.) to operate without fans for a season, factoring in payrolls, travel costs, team employees, league dues. It’s believed some have told Bettman they would be financially better off not playing.
It’s not like the players are happy, either. They spent the summer and fall thinking that they would at least get 72 per cent of their salary this season. Now they face the prospect of going as low as 55 per cent – based on Bettman’s last ask – or even getting as little as 32 per cent if the salaries end up being prorated for a shorter season."
Do you think we'll have a 2020-21 season?