NHL lockout looks like it will head to court

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NHL lockout looks like it will head to court

It looks like the NHL lockout might have finally kicked things up a notch, and could be headed for the court room.

The NHLPA informed the NHL that their Executive Negotiating Committee had approved a potential disclaimer of interest for the 700 plus members of the NHLPA to vote on. The disclaiming interest move is essentially a swifter, cleaner decertification process for the players union that starts the wheels turning for individual players to file anti-trust lawsuits against the NHL claiming damages and lost wages.

In the United States, antitrust laws prohibit owners from locking out employees who don't belong to a union. The punishment for doing so is triple the wages lost during the lockout.

It was thought that both sides badly wanted to avoid things ending up in a court rooms hands, but with the lockout rolling into its 90th day of existence the NHLPA didnt see many more options. The NHL had hinted previously that decertification would most likely lead to the entire 2012-13 season being cancelled, but that doesnt seem close to a reality at this point.

The NHL immediately responded by filing a Class Action lawsuit against the NHLPA in New York Federal Court seeking a Declaration confirming the ongoing legality of the lockout. With the filing of the complaint the NHL also filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that by threatening to disclaim interest the NHLPA has engaged in unlawful subversion of the collective bargaining process and conduct that constitutes bad faith bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act.

The NHLPA responded in a released statement by claiming the lawsuit was without merit before actually taking a look at it.

Based on what weve learned so far, the NHL appears to be arguing that the Players should be stopped from even considering their rights whether or not to be represented by a union, said the NHLPA in a statement. We believe that the NHLs position is completely without merit.

The NHL and NHLPA are both ridiculously close in CBA negotiations with an agreement on money and the make whole provision, and only sat in disagreement on a handful of personal player contract rights, the CBA length and the transition rules for the CBA with a 48-game schedule still a very real possibility. The lawsuits and allegations between both sides are clearly not helping matters for either side, but only time will tell which side the law ultimately favors.

Backes, Pastrnak make their Bruins preseason debut tonight in Philly

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Backes, Pastrnak make their Bruins preseason debut tonight in Philly

The Bruins have announced their lineup for Saturday night’s preseason road game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center and it will include the exhibition schedule debuts of World Cup players David Backes and David Pastrnak.

Both forwards have been skating with the training camp group since Wednesday and will ramp things up after taking a couple of days to recharge following the tournament in Toronto.

Those two veterans, one of the older and one of the extremely younger variety, will mix in with the B’s group that’s been in camp for the past 10 days working out together and gaining chemistry on forward lines working together for two practice sessions each day at Warrior Ice Arena.

A number of B’s players will be back in the lineup on Saturday night after skating in Friday night’s 2-1 overtime win against the Red Wings including: Colby Cave, Seth Griffith, Danton Heinen, Joe Morrow and Riley Nash. 

Here’s the full Black and Gold lineup against the Broad Street Bullies with Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre getting the call in Philly with one of them most likely to get the entire game between the pipes a la Anton Khudobin in Detroit on Friday night: Backes, Chris Casto, Colby Cave, Tommy Cross, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Jesse Gabrielle, Seth Griffith, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Zane McIntyre, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Malcolm Subban and Jakub Zboril.

Ortiz: 'Boston's always going to be a part of me'

Ortiz: 'Boston's always going to be a part of me'

David Ortiz reflects on some of the greatest moments of his career with the Red Sox, especially the 2004 and 2013 World Series victories and what they meant to the city of Boston.