The NHL Players Association issued a memo explaining how the players will be affected by a lockout should one occur. USA Today obtained the memo, but The Pensblog stated a few points in the memo that were notable.
-If a player is injured, he still receives paychecks during the lockout. And once he's cleared to play, he stops getting paid. No clue how that works.
-If a player gets injured playing overseas during the lockout and isn't ready to play when the NHL comes back, that player can be suspended without pay until healthy.
-Signing bonuses, buyouts, and return-of-escrow payments will still be made to players during the lockout.
If the NHL is locked out, it would be the third stoppage of regular season action since 1994. By comparison, the NFL has lost no games to labor issues since 1987, Major League Baseball has had no further labor issues since 1994 and the NBA has had lockouts in 1998-99 and 2011 that cost the league games.