Last week there were some high hopes that the NHL was close to a new agreement after the owners proposed a new deal. Now it appears it was more of a PR move then a real offer. The players countered with three offers, but each was rejected by the owners.
The NHL has now cancelled games through November 1. The chances of a full season now appear to be lost and the prospects of any season are looking rather dim.
While this seemed like a posturing move for negotiations, it appears to be a legitimate option for some NHL players. In addition to the lure of other leagues, teams will also have to face new salary cap rules.
As we focus on the Detroit Red Wings, which players may not return if a season is lost?