The NHLPA's problem as I see it....
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09-10-2004, 01:33 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Scotia Bank Place
No one...and I mean NO ONE other than the owners are to blame for this whole situation.
The owners had a CBA which clearly gave them the controls to keep salaries under control. Players are only entitled to recieve a 10% raise a year until they are a UFA.
Some owners decided to essentially negate the cost certainty control built into this CBA because they were just stupid...giving the likes of Pronger and Kariya 9 mill a season before they were shaving on a daily basis was the downfall of the league in the last couple of years with escalating salaries.
Now players have gotten accustomed to the money they have made these past few years, and they have their salary expectations now based on the present situation.
If your employer was paying you 80 grand a year, and came to you now and said I'm going to be making 45 grand a year and do the same job I'm doing at 80 grand a year and state that it's in the contract that he shouldn't be paying me as much as I am, but was stupid to do so.
My response, "suck it up buddy...you f'd up...deal with it...PAY ME!"
Don't get mad at the players...get mad at the owners...this is all their fault.
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