Thursday, May 12, 2011
It's been a season of nail-biters, comebacks and heartbreakers, but the excitement of the playoffs has been overshadowed with the looming offseason, as NHL owners and the NHPA enter into talks for a new collective bargaining agreement. Early reports suggest that the Players' Association are using the threat of an extended regular season as leverage over the owners. "We are confident that the prospect of enduring a 90 or 94-game season will be sufficient incentive for the owners to agree to our terms," said union spokesman Bob Goodenow. "We are also exploring the option of extending the preseason." Despite such intimidation tactics, owners remain resolute in their commitment to paying players in sandwiches.