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The Atlantic Solves the Lockout. You're Welcome.

A roundtable discussion at current events magazine The Atlantic laid the NHL's latest lockout at the feet of expansion teams like the Coyotes, NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow and the weather. No, it wasn't a parody. But this final "lost" entry is.

The lockout is sapping morale

The best way tod iscribe fans continuing displeasure is to site the fact the ongoing labor strife has rid the NHL fanbase of any positive morale.

NHL Lockout Flotsam: This Quote Sound Familiar?

Having won the previous NHL labor battle, could Gary Bettman be repeating Bob Goodenow's hubris mistake?

What Changed?

Months of posturing and rhetoric and hard-line stances have given away to what should have been a starting point in labor negotiation talks between the NHL and NHLPA. So what changed that led to the league dropping it's hardline stance?

The Cold War

No urgency is on display with the looming expiration of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association.

9/16/2004 - NHL season cancelled

(Screencap from ESPN News. Captured by Inhistoric.com) The National Hockey League was, and still is, a very niche sport. Prior to 2004, the NHL was considered one of the four major sports leagues...

Kelly had three years left on his deal that pays him about $1.75-million (all currency U.S.)...

Kelly had three years left on his deal that pays him about $1.75-million (all currency U.S.) annually and included a floating bonus. The NHLPA also is paying off former executive director Bob Goodenow in instalments. He had five years at $2.5-million a year on his deal when forced to resign on July 28, 2005. Saskin took home roughly $400,000 in a negotiated settlement with the NHLPA after being fired.

— Tim Wharnsby and Allan Maki, The Globe and Mail

It's called negotiations, Stupid!

When labor negotiations go on, you give and take. The NHLFA does not want to give an inch, but expects to take a mile... With the media's help of course.

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