As a sweetener for the NHLPA to not go forward with their demolition plan, the NHL suggests to the court that the union stick around as the watermelon to their Gallagher, or...this:
The Lawsuit contains a request made by the NHL that says if the judgment rules that a disclaimer of interest or decertification by the NHLPA is ultimately found to be valid, then all standard player contracts signed under the previous CBA would be void and unenforceable.
“In the absence of a valid CBA or collective bargaining relationship, the provisions of the NHL [standard player contract]s will no longer have any force of effect,” the lawsuit reads.
Every player contract voided? Everyone's a free agent? Really?So, basically, everybody becomes a free agent in that scenario. Would be wild, no? Plus, would mean that Players have no basis to claim damages, since they wouldn't be under Contract.
Now we're talking!
While I'd like to admit that I haz a sad for potentially devastated teams with top-shelf star talent like Pittsburgh (Malkin & Crosby) and Tampa (Stamkos), I can't. No, not when the Columbus Blue
Jackets currently are saddled with a roster that piled up all of 65 standings points last season.
Just imagine the possibilities. With the stroke of a judge's pen, the Blue Jackets could nuke this roster and, with John Davidson running the hockey ops show, make a run at every single star in the NHL. Every single outstanding role player. Every single young buck. Every single NHL-quality goaltender. Columbus has always had the top-tier physical infrastructure, now they've got a guy who has credibility with the league to bring the talent in by the wheelbarrow-full. I drool at the type of roster that the Blue Jackets could ice when the league returns in 2016.
It's like manna from heaven, straight from the NHL and delivered on a platter to the fine people of Columbus.
So bring it on! NHL anarchy can only benefit the worst team in the league. This could be better than the All-Star Weekend.
(But am I joking?)