NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn't think much of the legal challenge filed by the NHL Players Association with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. The deputy commissioner dismissed the challenges in an email, saying "This is a joke," reports The Canadian Press.Under Alberta law, employees can only be locked out if represented by a union, and the Labour Relations Board does not recognize the NHLPA, so the challenge seeks to prevent Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames players from being locked out.
Daly also provided some details on what the looming lockout might look like. Specifically, he stated that the league would be looking to forbid communication between teams and players:"Generally in a lockout situation management shouldn't be ... socializing with the locked-out labour," said Daly. "They aren't employees during the duration of the lockout."
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