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Immediate free agency for all NHL players?

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08:26 AM ET 11.26 | Depending on the day, and to whom one listens, the league and the players may be closer than many believe, even as the players consider drastic measures. [The] union has begun serious internal discussions about proceeding to its last option -- a safe fail option, if you will: decertification. According to one player from Saturday night's "Operation Hat Trick" charity event, decertification "is a serious consideration right now." ... The advantages of going this route is ... well, all-around chaos, that could seemingly result in every player becoming immediate unrestricted free agents; players could sue the league for collusion, damages and back wages to honor existing contracts, etc.

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November 26, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Just walked by a passed-out Brian Burke on York St. with an Argo's jersey on, empty bottle of Jameson's in his hand and this article scrunched up somewhere around his face.

The article was rolled up and stuck in his arse. It just appeared to be his face at first glance.

November 26, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Just walked by a passed-out Brian Burke on York St. with an Argo's jersey on, empty bottle of Jameson's in his hand and this article scrunched up somewhere around his face.

So just another regular Monday morning?

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November 26, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Yeah, with more drunk cowboys lying around.

LOL - I bet they're more common in To***to this morning than a disappointed Leaf fan.

November 26, 2012  09:24 AM ET

For some reason there is a pit in my tummy saying no season

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November 26, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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For some reason there is a pit in my tummy saying no season

I have had a pit in my stomach since September 15th about No Season...........and well done Argonauts

November 26, 2012  09:55 AM ET

".... players could sue the league for collusion, damages and back wages to honor existing contracts, etc."

I didn't know that bruised egos qualify as "damages."

The owners are not without recourse. They can just as easily disband the NHL and start over with a new league under new rules. I believe they call it "restructuring"?

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November 26, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Since i dont care anymore id love to see this just for **** and giggles.

November 26, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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".... players could sue the league for collusion, damages and back wages to honor existing contracts, etc."I didn't know that bruised egos qualify as "damages."The owners are not without recourse. They can just as easily disband the NHL and start over with a new league under new rules. I believe they call it "restructuring"?

...and then the signing wars would begin, and they'd find themselves right back to where they are now. Same with..."Immediate free agency."

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November 26, 2012  10:52 AM ET
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LOL - I bet they're more common in To***to this morning than a disappointed Leaf fan.

So it's just the SOS around here:)

November 26, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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Not this guy...my teams a legit contender...wanna keep it together.

So is mine (rags) but still.....

November 26, 2012  12:02 PM ET

Slapshot....LMAO.....great comment (#2).

Could this situation get any more depressing?.......So glad I did not buy any hockey tickets for Christmas this year.

November 26, 2012  01:36 PM ET

So we're going to have a real-life fantasy auction draft?

November 26, 2012  02:34 PM ET

Hello folks...I wish I had my regular office back, (damned storm!) but I wanted to say hello to all of the good folks on these boards....

November 26, 2012  02:53 PM ET
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Hello folks...I wish I had my regular office back, (damned storm!) but I wanted to say hello to all of the good folks on these boards....

Hey Spiny.

Hope you and yours are doing okay.

I also wanted to say "hello," as I have been gone for awhile for personal reasons, although not much has changed...in the hockey world, unfortunately.

 
November 26, 2012  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Hey Spiny.Hope you and yours are doing okay.I also wanted to say "hello," as I have been gone for awhile for personal reasons, although not much has changed...in the hockey world, unfortunately.

You personally don't like us?? Welcome back.

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