It doesn’t seem like either party is in any type of hurry to start talking again. With the two sides remaining very far apart, considering their latest proposals, Gary Bettman plans on cancelling the Winter Classic a lot sooner than he has to.
According to the Toronto Star, the commissioner told the Board of Governors that if a new CBA is not in place by November, the league will cancel the New Years Day tradition.
Apparently Bettman wants to take the bargaining chip off of the table earlier than later, to hinder the leverage of the Union. With many players fleeing to Europe to get paid this season, it seems like the NHLPA is prepared to go to war. It also seems like the NHL is not going to be pushed around by the union from what I’ve seen.
I know personally, I’ve been waiting for HBO to cover the Red Wings in their series “24/7 Road to the Winter Classic” since its inception. I was ecstatic when I heard the Wings would be playing outside on New Years Day.
I know it’s almost a guarantee at this point, that some games will be cancelled, but if they do not come to an agreement to save the Winter Classic, I don’t know what I’ll do.