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10-06-2012, 10:02 PM
Jason Lewis
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Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
The teams have to put the offer sheets on the table to be signed in the first place. It's nice and all for the players to make salary demands, there's nothing that says any team needs to meet them.

How exactly is this the wrong thing to do? The owners know how much they're making, what their costs are and what they can afford. It's no different for me going into a job negotiation asking for a certain salary. I ask for as much as I think I can get, and if the prospective employer offers it to me, I expect it's because they know they can afford it. It's not up to me to know if they can or not...
For the love of god and for Nthteenth time. This is NOT every day. This is not your job, or my job. This is not like real life.

So let me ask you, at your job, are there 29 other companies competing directly with each other to win a trophy? Do you only work for 7 months out of the year? At your interview did you have an agent go in and negotiate for you? How about this, did you go in and tell the company you are applying to, "Hey guys, the place down the street wants to hire me for twice as much yea...what do you think of that?"

No. You don't. Your company probably also isn't a sports organization, you are not Shea Weber, and your boss isn't Paul Holmgren, you're not making a 7-figure salary, and you have never had your face on a CCM Ad.

You also haven't been being an accountant/salesperson/construction worker/police offer/etc.etc. since age 4. Also, people don't pay good money to come watch you do taxes, arrest people, or build houses unless you are on a reality show like The Deadliest Catch, in which case my good friend you are awesome.

So can we please stop comparing the NHL, these negotiations, the NHLPA, to every day jobs and realistic things that we all go through in our collective occupations? Please? Pretty please?

It's not the same, it will never be the same, and it never has been the same. It has absolutely zero relevance to anything we are talking about here, so trying to make a case paralleling it to a job as a post's not even comparing apples and oranges. It's comparing apples and the international space station.

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