In life, most of us are taught to focus on the positive. However, it is quite hard at the moment to do so, especially when it has recently been reported that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman have not spoken in a week’s time with regards to NHL’s demands that players lower their salary for the 2020-21 season.
If you’ve been following the (depressive) news across the NHL, both sides were in daily contact for the entire offseason up until the NHL issued a demand that the players forfeit an additional 13% of their salaries before dropping the puck on a new season. The fact that these two sides are effectively going dark does not bode well for a 2020-21 season. And like all squabbles between the NHL and the NHLPA, it’s hockey fans who will pay the ultimate price.
So, right: positive! While it looks bad to see action on the ice, it sounds to some reporters in Montreal that the struggle in the NHL at the moment is beneficial to some cities looking to get an NHL franchise in the near future. According to Dans Les Coulisses, who’s gathered information on the rumours, the NHL is currently evaluating all possibilities to help owners in financial difficulty, INCLUDING the possibility of selling and / or moving teams.
While fans in Quebec City might be ready to get their Nordiques gears out of the cedar trunks, it is however believed that Houston and Kansas City would be ahead of Quebec in this case (you can see the tweet, in French, below).
But who knows? Quebec City has been quite vocal on wanting a team back for several years now, and this very stressful time could be the perfect moment for them to finally convince Bettman to get a team back in the Old Capital.
We are sure more insiders will be looking into this, especially while nothing is happening between the NHLPA and the league… Suffice it to say, things could get very, very, VERY contentious between the NHL and the NHLPA over the next few weeks.