The NHLPA and NHL have both made their case to the Alberta Labour Relations Board regarding the legality of the lockout. Now both sides must wait for their ruling, which isn’t expected to be delivered until early next week, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.
The NHLPA wants the Alberta to force the league to stop the lockout in when it comes to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers players. Their argument is that an employer can’t lock out its employees in the province without first undergoing two weeks of mediation.
The NHL argued that the fact that this is a 30-team league — with 23 squads based in the United States — that they should all operate under the same rules, according to the Canadian Press. The NHL’s side also argued that the union has only bargained with the league as opposed to individual teams.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly also said it would be “extremely destabilizing to how we do business” if the board rules in favor of the union.
Meanwhile, the NHL and union are gearing up to make their cases to the Quebec Labour Relations Board on Oct. 15. Of course, if the lockout is still going at that point, it would mean that we’ve already missed the start of the regular season.
NHLPA, NHL make their cases to Alberta Labour Board
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:
Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):
McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: