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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 hoping to see the team take the ice this season got a major wakeup call Tuesday when the NHL owners crafted a new collective bargaining proposal that mirrored closely that of the NBA and other sports.
Fans of the Florida Panthers hoping to see the team take the ice are likely out of luck until possibly through Thanksgiving, according to the Sporting News, thanks to the ongoing NHL lockout.
As the NHL owners and the NHL Players Association continue to battle over how to split up their money, the amount of money available to the league continues to shrink.
The Florida Panthers and the rest of the National Hockey League should be getting ready to start their preseason schedule. Instead, the owner-imposed lockout has now cost the league its entire preseason.
The NHL lockout is a little more than 48 hours old, but has already started claiming victims with the Florida Panthers organization.
The Florida Panthers are coming off a division winning season and have real momentum for the future of a franchise that has been an also-ran in recent years. But, that enthusiasm may be gone before it starts thanks to a labor fight in the NHL.