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08-23-2012, 12:45 PM
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Bettman (or the league's attitude is:
"You players should be so happy to be playing in the NHL, you should work for whatever we decide to magnanimously give you"
As it is, with the draft and it's aftermath of indentured servitude (albeit well paid for some), the players are already at the whim of the owners, managers and coaches. Their only recourse is to dig in their heels when the CBA is up for renewal.
Consider the chaos if the draft was declared illegal and the market decided everything.
No cap, no revenue sharing, major markets with teams. The rest would fold or limp along with dwindling fan bases. It's a Catch 22 for both sides.

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