The 2012-13 NHL season is teetering on the edge of cancellation, a feat that would shamefully mark the second full-season work stoppage in the history of major North American sports—and the second time the NHL has done it in eight years.
This poor precedent leaves hockey fans wondering not only when they will see their sport again, but whether or not there is any guarantee that they won't relive this pettiness the next time a collective bargaining agreement expires.
In fact, one of the major focuses of this eventual CBA will be ensuring that future owners and players will not have to repeat these mistakes, yet again. But truly guaranteeing that work stoppages will be a thing of the past will take some creativity.
In this piece, we'll look at 25 different stipulations to the next CBA that could end these silly lockouts once and for all. Some are unrealistic, some are sarcastic, and some might actually be just a little bit plausible.
But most of all, each and every one of them is better than anything the NHL and NHLPA came up with last time.