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08-31-2009, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluefan75 View Post
your hypothesis requires 2 big assumptions: 1) that the league was never going to agree to anything other than what was agreed to, and 2) that should the NHL fold another league would not materialize nearly immediately. Among other things, the NHL's history indicates there is a market for hockey.

Saskin saved the owners.
The owners would have been fine if they were out another 2 seasons. They may have been taking a hit, but the majority of them were losing money anyhow.

However, many players would have lost a huge chunk of their potential life earnings. Union members are usually inherently selfish - they have no problem selling out future members as long as they can keep their own entitlements.

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