Bigger picture, if the League really wants t fix their overall problem and avoid having this happen every time the CBA is up, they need two things
1: Take teams like the Coyotes, Panthers and Blue Jackets out of their failed markets and move them to places like Hamilton, Quebec and Seattle
2: Improve their revenue sharing percentage.....by A LOT
The revenue sharing in the NHL is a bad joke. Teams like Toronto, Boston, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Detroit, Vancouver and Philly make hundreds of millions every year, while a higher percentage of teams break even or actually lose money. In some cases a lot of money......which is why the NHL is pretending they want to negotiate a deal. This lockout was planned to save those floundering teams money
But, if that's their problem, and they know it, then why not adopt a system closer to the NFL or NBA where the Richer teams help the poorer teams stay afloat for the good of the league? Because greedy fucks, like my teams owner, Jeremy Jacobs won't have that. To a guy like him, the hockey team is just another entity among many. Another asset on his fiscal check list. He could care less about the good of the league, the good of the game, the players and most certainly the pissant fans
Instead he and these other old hawks, show up at the table, make their demands, hold their hands to their ears and go "la la la la la. I can't hear you. La la la la la, I'm leaving, bye"