With the lockout continuing, and with little hope for games to be played this season, NHLPA executives gave the green light to hand out $10,000 stipends to the players, according to ESPN.
Because of the lockout, the players have missed a total of four paychecks so far, so these stipends that the Players’ Association gave out came at a strategic time. I know you were beginning to wonder how some of these players whom may or may not be playing overseas are possibly able to live.
The NHLPA is still pondering over what to do with Commissioner Bettman’s idea of having a players/owners-only meeting, with no NHL or NHLPA staff included. That doesn’t sound like a bad idea, considering the fact that negotiations between the league and the Players’ Association broke down (yet again) on Thursday.