SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - It's Day 2 of the NHL's latest lockout, and the American Hockey League is poised to reap the benefits if an agreement isn't reached before the start of the season.
The NHL locked the players out over the weekend when the collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. It's the NHL's fourth work stoppage in 20 years. The stoppage's second day saw no changes from either side as talks between the league and the NHLPA remain unscheduled.
Attention already has turned to alternative leagues like the AHL, where players will continue to train for the season and play the game they love. The AHL consists of 17 independently owned franchises, including the Syracuse Crunch, and another 13 owned by NHL clubs. It's the primary minor league of the NHL - nearly 90 percent of today's NHL players spent time in the here - and is a safe haven these days for younger players on two-way contracts who remain eligible to play at the lower level.
Hey, at least they can play somewhere.
Advertisement

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Stastny should give Note a jolt Over the weekend, St. Louis suffered an expected loss to one of the Eastern Conference’s bottom-feeders. Will Mike Yeo’s bunch regain its groove against the markedly...
Thumbnail Red-hot Florida faces off with Los Angeles Buoyed by the return of two key forwards, the Panthers have reeled off three consecutive victories. Can Los Angeles put an end to...
Thumbnail Two scorching squads meet on Long Island In recent weeks, the Rangers have cemented their reputation as the NHL’s most formidable road team. But can Alain Vigneault’s crew fend off a suitably...
Thumbnail Detroit enters dicey matchup vs. St. Louis The Blues are familiar with facing peril in 2016-17. Fortunately, they’re nowhere close to Detroit’s dire straits.
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Blue Jackets Prediction Will tonight's Rangers and Blue Jackets matchup be high-scoring for bettors when the two teams clash at 7:30PM ET?

NHL Team Pages