The American Hockey League's collective bargaining agreement expired after midnight last night, but don't think that means a work stoppage is imminent.
In an article written by Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle, the executive director of the Professional Hockey Players' Association, Larry London states:
"We don't see any problems."
The key issue at hand is expanding the number of veterans allowed on an AHL roster from it current levels. From the article: "Teams are permitted to use five skaters with more than 320 games of top-level professional experience (NHL, AHL or European Elite League). A team can also have one "exempt" player who has played between 260 and 320 games."
A 30th team being added in OKC will increase the number of veteran slots open, however.
Let's keep our fingers crossed this doesn't have repurcussions down the road.