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NHLPA Head Donald Fehr and the players are in it for the long haul
Last season the players put 8.5% of their paychecks into an escrow account. While they will not be receiving their normal checks throughout the season they will get 8% of their salary from last year back from the escrow account.
This means unlike the NFL and NBA lockouts earlier this year, the players will have plenty of money coming their way early on.
NFL and NBA players had well-documented struggles such as Delonte West sleeping in his car and the Dallas Mavericks locker room.
With no immediate financial uncertainty to force a settlement with the league, there is a chance the lockout could be strung out just as long as 2004. We all hope that isn’t the case though.
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