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02-11-2005, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by mooseOAK
But the NHLPA hasn't been negotiating off of it. They have it out there as their best and only offer but in any negotiating procedure your first offer is never your best one.
You mean the NHL hasn't been negotiating off it. The closest the NHL has come is to include the 24% in their original offer and they'll compromise by maybe including a luxury tax within the frame work of their hard cap. Why would the PA bring forth a new stricter offer only to have the NHL just add them to their own offer. Because, that's what's happened so far.

If the season gets cancelled then that proposal is basically useless because there are going to be so many players out there without contracts a 24% rollback on nothing is still nothing.
True, but right away players will have a lower salary in which to compare their play.

I'm not insinuating that the players offer as it stands will work, I don't believe it will. However, give it some teeth and a lot of the problems will be answered. They'll never all be solved, but then, the NHL offer doesn't either, even from the owner's point of view.

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