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09-27-2004, 07:04 PM
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I really think the players have been reasonable. As Guerin said, "If somebody offered you 9 mill a year, wouldn't you take it?" The owners have gotten themselves into the mess and now they refuse to listen to some reasonable luxury tax proposals and insist on the absurd 31 mill hard cap. I think the players do care, but they can make a lot of money elsewhere and play a better brand of hockey. If the play in the NHL wasn't such complete crap, I think players might miss it more, but with all the clutching/grabbing that has plagued the NHL game the last few years, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of skill players were glad of the break.

I think they care because they used to be fans themselves and I don't think they are the greedy people that a lot of people make them out to be. For every Kovalev or Niedermayer, there are plenty of guys that keep their mouths shut and might be all right with a pay cut. I think the players are sensible in saying that a 31 mill hard cap would just create a lot of problems for many teams.

As for replacement players, no way!

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