TSN reports that NHL players will begin voting today on whether they'll grant their executive board the authority to dissolve the NHLPA.
Two-thirds of the union's membership must vote in favor before the board can file a "disclaimer of interest." Disbanding the union would give players the chance to challenge the legality of the lockout in court and file anti-trust lawsuits against the NHL.
The voting will be conducted electronically over a five-day period that ends Thursday. If the 30-member executive board is given the ability to file a disclaimer, it would have until Jan. 2 to do so.
...so according to this report, January 2nd is the day this lockout could spiral out of control. Let's hope similar to when the NBA pulled this stunt last year, cooler heads will prevail and a deal gets done. If we get to January 3rd and there's still no deal, I'd say it's a pretty good indication the season isn't happening.
If the union dissolves, do the players go into free agency when this gets resolved? I saw that brought up somewhere. That would be bananas!
Even with this cluster f··k of a mess, I highly doubt the powers that be (aka Bettman) will give a shit. I've said it before, if it'll get rid of all the bullshit I can live without the NHL for the remainder of this season and all of next.
It's obvious that this is just a tactic. They can't claim anti trust because of the amounts of people that went to Europe. The NHL countered with a suit of their own and it doesn't look like there is going to be a season.