posted on Mar, 26 2005 @ 12:05 PM
In an attempt to make sure current members of the NHLPA do not play in the NHL if replacement players are used, the Players Association has declared
that any player that does play would have to repay all benefits given to them by the PA during the lockout. It is also believed that the Players
Association has informed some agents that they would lose certification with the NHLPA if they represent replacement players. The NHL has filed a
grievance with the National Labor Relations Board in response to the players restrictions and might also file a complaint in regards to the agents.
The league filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the union with the National Labor Relations Board earlier this week regarding the
subject of replacement players.
Should no new collective bargaining agreement be reached between the sides, the NHL could choose to begin the 2005-06 season with replacement players.
But according to reports, the union told its members any player electing to compete during the labor dispute would have to give back to the NHLPA all
benefits the player had received during the current work stoppage.
This is not unexpected from the NHL. The players union does not seem to understand what they are doing to their sport. Every day that they do stuff
like this, they lose more and more fans.