The lockout thread
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09-19-2012, 02:48 AM
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Everyone wants to be pro players and anti-bettman/owners here. But let's be real, the NHL and the owners have made SEVERAL attempts to be involved with the NHLPA...trying to get talks started as far back as last off-season..they have stayed extremely positive through this whole process...
But all people want to do is hate on Bettman and act like he is between the doorways holding out Donald Fehr and the players with his fists and not letting Hockey be played.
Plain and simple, I feel like the owners want hockey to be played, and be played successfully and fruitfully for all parties involved for a long time with little labor strife.
The NHLPA wants hockey to be successful right now, have their players not take paycuts and just worry about everything later.
Sure the owners have made attempts at talking, and nobody can deny that the NHLPA hired Fehr to fight against getting the shaft, but the owners got pretty much everything they wanted last time around, and now they want even more from the players? Where's the bargaining? Nobody forced the owners to give Kovalchuk, Suter, Parise, etc. 100 million plus contracts, yet they're crying poverty. Here's a novel idea: if the league can't support these types of contracts,
don't give them out
... It just doesn't make a lot of sense.
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