Online bookmaker: NHL lockout quite unlikely

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Yesterday, we expressed our optimism that the NHL and NHLPA would reach a new collective bargaining agreement without a lengthy work stoppage.

But if you thought we were enthusiastic, that’s nothing compared to online bookmaker Bovada, which is offering 1/5 odds that a deal will be in place before the current one expires on Sept. 15.

Bovada’s sportsbook manager, Kevin Bradley, explains in an email to PHT:

“Until both sides sit down and start talking about a new CBA, it will be impossible to gauge where the NHL is heading. However, thus far both sides are willing to talk and have agreed on some target dates, leading us to believe that a new CBA is imminent.”

For the pessimistic, there’s 3/1 odds the current CBA will expire before a new agreement is reached.