If you were hoping to see your favorite Florida Panthers and other National Hockey League stars on the ice this season, you’ll probably need to buy a ticket to Europe. After several days of optimistic movement of the collective bargaining agreement talks between the NHL and NHL Players Association, everything fell apart Thursday evening.
Florida Panthers fans may need to become Miami Dolphins or Miami Heat fans soon. The NHL is set to withdraw its latest collective bargaining agreement to the players if the NHL Players Association doesn’t accept it by the end of the day Thursday.
Florida Panthers fans holding out hope for a full regular season of games may have run out of hope. The NHL rejected an effort by the NHL Players Association to restart labor talks Tuesday and no more talks have been scheduled to end the owners’ lockout of the players.