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09-10-2004, 12:40 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Hellebuyck County
The offer that the NHLPA brought to the table is a complete joke. They could have at least caved in a bit. It just proves how brainwashed Goodenaw has left the players. Think about it. The average career of an NHL'er is what.....7-8 years?
The average salary is 1.8 million. If the lockout lasts say....a year and 1/2, the players are giving up as much as 20-25% OF their lifetime earnings. That may not sound like much for the average North american who makes 35,000-40,000/year. But these players live in luxury. They have Ferrari's, million dollar lakeside homes, etc. How are they going to keep up the affluent lifestyle if they don't have any income coming in for a year or two?
Maybe they could play in Europe and make 10-15% of what the NHL pays them. This is why the Union will crumble. In 2005, when the next season starts, I can guarantee, you will see dozens of players break from the union, and side with the owners.
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