In The Hockey News, Ken Campbell writes that Gary Bettman could play the contraction card to try and get the CBA that he wants when the current deal expires on September 15th.
He writes “if Bettman can use the possibility of padlocking the Coyotes and eliminating the 23 big-league jobs that come with it, you can bet he’ll get the union’s attention.”
He adds “Should the league use contraction as leverage for a CBA deal, it would potentially affect the employment of 23 members of the NHLPA’s constituency. The roster players on the Coyotes would likely be distributed throughout the league and that would mean one player on more than two-thirds of the existing NHL teams would be losing his job.”
Campbell writes that contraction isn’t likely but the NHL could suspend the Coyotes from operating until they get a new owner or until the franchise can be sold and moved.