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10-03-2012, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Legionnaire11 View Post
I wouldn't say they knew there was going to be a lockout. Everyone from owners, players and fans expected that a lockout was a good possibility, but nobody knew it would definitely reach the point of a lockout.

What the players (Weber, Suter, Parise, etc.) did know, was that the CBA was expiring and there was a very good chance that the huge payday, frontloaded contracts that they wanted would be done away with in the next CBA. So they took full advantage of the rules while they still could. Can't blame them for negotiating and signing those contracts.
I would. Both sides could have started talking a year ago instead of waiting until the last month to really meet in person. That tells me that at least one side didn't care.

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