With September 15th approaching fast, the NHL and NHLPA have yet to agree on a new CBA.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has already stated that he would lock out the players if a deal is not reached between the two parties.
In an interview with Tampa Bay Time’s Damian Cristodero, St. Louis had this to say:
“With my age, you want to keep playing. I don’t want to take a year off. If the NHL wants to shut us down, we’ll go play somewhere else.”
Stamkos followed up the sentiment of playing elsewhere in a text message:
“Definitely thought about it if there is an extended lockout.”
Bettman and the NHL tabled another offer to the NHLPA during their talks today, however the details have yet been made available. Considering the gap between the two sides, I foresee many more players making their intentions known to skate elsewhere during the next year.
– Jim Courteau
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