The NHL regular season is being held up due to bickering between the players and owners, obviously, but lets just pretend that instead of a player’s union and ownership, each individual club acted as their own union.
In this scenario, teams are battling for what’s right for them rather than what’s best for the league or for the players as a whole.
Therefore, a team like the Philadelphia Flyers will be pushing for the lockout to last long enough for their defensemen to heal, while the Dallas Stars want to get their veteran team on the ice as soon as possible.
Similarly, the Edmonton Oilers wouldn’t be letting their younger players spend an entire year developing in the AHL against inferior competition, but the Vancouver Canucks can’t wait to get started because they know they have a team that can contend this season.
The following is a list of what each team would honestly say if they represented themselves as a union.
Any quotes in the slideshow are fictional and only used to illustrate an idea or concept.