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After the NHL cancelled games through October 24th, the league was looking into alternative solutions to get a product back on the ice.  There were some murmurs about the use of replacement players being used this year early last week, but it seems like a deal-breaker for this scenario has arose. According to the New York Times, two provinces (Quebec and British Columbia) that host NHL teams have laws forbidding the use of replacement workers under any circumstances.

I was trying to brainstorm possible ways that the NHL could get around this rule, and aside from not playing in those two aforementioned provinces, which seems virtually impossible legally, they are screwed. You would think that hockey had learned their lesson from their last lockout, and that statement applies to both the players and the owners.

For the most part, the mainstream sports fan just forgot about hockey, and moved on. It wasn’t missed like a basketball or football would be, because it simply doesn’t have that pull in our society. It was only recently that the NHL was starting to gain back some steam in the sports hierarchy, and this lockout will undoubtedly halt any progress they have made in the last few years.

Hopefully, this lockout nonsense will get solved sooner rather than later, and this will all be a moot point. However, with more of the prominent players signing deals overseas, the clock is definitely ticking, and ticking fast.

By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager


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