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10-04-2012, 08:19 PM
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The players, easily.

I cannot even begin to fathom how the NHL owners send Craig Leopold of the Wild into a negotiating session to tell the NHLPA that contract length and overall player salaries are out of whack. The owners gladly forked over the contracts they now claim are kiliing the league.

The NHL and the league owners over the years have happily scooped up expansion and relocation fees to put teams where they are. Now with some teams struggling they want the players to pay for their folly.

I also have little doubt that the owners can and do play games with the books in order to make their situation look as dire as possible. Player salaries, on the other hand are known to the last dollar. The last stand in the negotiaitons, IMO, will be the HRR definition as I'm sure the NHLPA figures the owners are taking in money they aren't telling the PA about.

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