Read: Looking Towards Decertification

Andy Strickland notes that the two sides can continue to talk after the NHLPA files to decertify.

Craig Custance tweets “Yes, decertification is a long process. Filing a disclaimer of interest, however, could happen immediately. Arguably as effective.”

Seth Rorabaugh spoke with Sidney Crosby who said that the NHLPA has “licked around” the idea of decertifying.

James Mirtle tweets: Sports law expert Nathaniel Grow on decertification: “It is really the only way for the players to go on the offensive at this point.”

At the NY Times, Jeff Klein breaks down the process of decertification which starts with getting at least 30% of the NHLPA to sign a petition.

  • That petition goes to the National Labor Relations Board who then sets a decertification election date which is usually 60 days after approving the petition.
  • If the majority of players vote in favor of decertification on that date they are dissolved as a union and can begin filing antitrust lawsuits against the league.

Klein says that it is unlikely any lawsuits could be filed before February 1, if the petition is filed by 12/1, and that is most likely too late to save the season.

At TSN, Eric Macramalla writes that the NHL would likely say that decertification is “nothing more than an opportunistic and transparent attempt to extract leverage in CBA Negotiations.

THIS SECTION focuses on decertification.