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While the NHL continues to insist that it is targeting January 1st as the start date for the upcoming season, it seems less and less likely that will happen with each passing day. At issue is the fact that the league wants players to defer more salary after just agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement months ago, something the NHLPA is not keen on doing at all. So what's the solution? One hockey analyst believe he may have it.

"If the NHL needs another $300 million in order to proceed with the 2020-21 season — and that is essentially what Sixth Avenue has represented to the NHLPA — why don’t Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the Board of Directors simply ask Seattle to advance up to half of the $650 million expansion fee that is currently due before the Kraken’s inaugural 2021-22 season?," wrote Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

"I’m serious," Brooks continued. "The NHL claims it requires immediate relief beyond the 10 percent deferral and 20 percent escrow cap established for this season by both parties. It is asking for an additional 16 percent deferral and another 5 percent added to the escrow cap. If that is the case, why shouldn’t the relief be provided from within the capitalist circle of 32 owners rather than from labor?"

Now, for the purposes of this article, we are well aware that Brooks can sometimes be completely off the wall with his suggestions. However, this one really isn't all that bad. The problem with it is that it's highly improbable the owners of the Seattle Kraken would be willing to do this in this time of economic uncertainty.

As it stands right now, one of the sides involved in the dispute will need to bend to ensure the 2020-21 seasons happens at all, or a creative solution will need to be found. At the end of the day, Brooks' suggestions isn't completely out to lunch.

Source: NY Post
NOVEMBER 29, 2020  (8H52)