NHL Swerves Into Dangerous Territory

Mary Altaffer/AP

And now things have changed. The fate of the season and perhaps the entire NHL could be decided by lawyers filing into courtrooms, not by negotiators in conference rooms,. And, because the existing case law on what will be argued is so uncertain, the outcome is anyone’s guess.

Somewhere in the past few months, I wrote something like, “This is no way to run a league unless you want to run it into the ground.” That has never been more true.


But let’s not allow this dire view to stop us. Instead, let’s wade into the legal swamp a bit and hope we don’t get too bogged down while trying to comprehend it.

As we noted on that ugly Friday of last...

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