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09-12-2004, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Vlad The Impaler
Well, that posturing by the owners is very typical of any negociation process. To be fair, up until now it's very normal for both sides to play the uncompromising tough guy. We weren't even close to CBA expiration (in negociation terms).

Now they will most likely let it expire at which point talks will resume and we will see how serious the NHL and NHLPA are. Historically, the NHL fols like a cheap suit sooner or later so I expect the same this time, with minimal gains.

I think both sides are making extreme demands all the time. It just happens that instead of a compromise in the middle, the NHLPA has been very good at getting pretty much exactly what it wants.

Which makes all the cries by fans demanding that Goodenow be fired by the NHLPA absolutely hilarious.
But to be fair, if the PA's ideal situation is to maintaint he status quo, and they've at least recognized that isn't going happen and have tried to compromise, even if you fell its not that meaningful.

But like DR said, since pretty mcuh everybody is signed for this season and those contracts are likely going to be grandfathered into any new system, why not go into just expend this CBA for a year and use that time to really negotiate. In the end, the game will suffer a helluva lot less.

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