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11-18-2004, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by s7ark
The simple fact is it doesn't matter one iota if the public sides with Goodenow. The fan support doesn't put a single dollar in the pockets of the players or agents. Keeping the fans interested is the problem of the owners. The owners rely on the fans, the players don't.
I would say a good half of the people in the stands for most NHL games couldn't name two players on either team - especially in the US. So when an impasse is declared and the public DOES come out to watch replacements, who, for all they know are the regulars - the NHLPA is gonna get slapped in the face with a dose of reality. They will finally be forced to acknowledge just how little they mean in today's sports landscape - by this time, the owners will have already unilaterally implemented their last proposal and whatever/whomever is left of the NHLPA will try to salvage whatever contracts they can find.

IMO - the NHLPA is not gonna win this so-called "cold-war".

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