The NHL lockout began at 12:01 this morning as attempts by the NHLPA to get back to the bargaining table were rebuffed by the NHL. The NHL claims that there was no change in either side’s position, and therefore no reason to return to the table. While the lockout is now in full swing, team camps were not set to start until the 21st. That leaves both sides roughly 6 days to get something done without affecting the start of the season. That seems very unlikely at the moment though.
In the meantime the Philadelphia Flyers put several of their younger players through waivers in order to get them eligible to play for the Phantoms. Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood and Erik Gustafsson will all report to Phantoms camp to play in the AHL.
What makes things even worse in this situation is that the two sides aren’t even formally at the table. There are side meetings and business lunches here and there, but ultimately no formal discussions.
Many NHL players will play overseas in Europe and Russia if the lockout drags on.
What is not clear just yet is how long this will drag on? In 2004, the NHL lost an entire season to a lockout. That particular labor dispute was not settled until July of 2005. The hope is that this will not drag on like it did last year.
Only time will tell whether there will be hockey any time soon.