How Far Will the Players Allow the NHL to Push Them in Their Latest Stand-Off?


The issue in the current imbroglio between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association isn’t whether or not the players are angry about the latest developments. They are. And looking at this situation from the outside, they have every right to be.

Look at this from the players’ perspective. After the pandemic hit in March, the players not only gave back one of their paychecks, they agreed to spend up to two months away from their families in a bubble without being paid for it. And they agreed to extend the collective bargaining agreement two more years, the first year coming with 20 percent escrow and a 10 percent salary deferral to help the owners with their cash flow problems.