Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/9/12

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Why does this feel so familiar? In case you missed it earlier today, a variety of news outlets informed the masses that Gary Bettman stated that the NHL will lock players out if there isn’t a new CBA in place by September 15th. What about the NHLPA’s willingness to start the season under the old CBA until a new one can be agreed upon? It sounds like a wonderful idea. No hockey lost, it’s win-win! But it appears that Gary Bettman, the real life Mr. Burns and the NHL owners aren’t willing to do that. So, from today there are 37 days until an agreement has to be reached. I know that doesn’t seem like much, because really it isn’t. Remember seven years ago when people thought there would be multiple 11thhour deals before the season and during the lost portions of the season? What happens if players are locked out? Well, keep hoping, the way things are headed right now, you might be hoping for an 11th hour deal just into September. What happens if players are locked out? Well, it mean...
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