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09-25-2003, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BigDaddyMeatWhistle
The NHLPA forming it's own league isn't a lose/lose situation. The players might actually be better off if they moved to the WHA. They'd demonstrate that the players are bigger then the league itself. They'd also free themselves of all the historical baggage that continues to cloud the relationship between the PA and the league.

If the alternative is missing two seasons or missing one season and playing the other in the WHA, the players are better off playing in the second season. By the third year, the gap would better pretty close between what they'd get with the NHL and the WHA.
Even in the best case scenario, it would take the WHA a long, long time to get to the level of revenue that the NHL current has. Until that point, the players, as a whole are losing out. Either there won't be enough jobs to go around (i.e. less than 30 teams) or the salary levels are much below what they would be getting in the NHL.

Face it, both options (players forming new league or owners consolidating the league) or costly alternatives for both teams. As long as both sides have somewhat reasonable offers on the table, there's no reason to consider going to such drastic measures.

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