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10-17-2012, 12:36 PM
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Pretty sad that negotiations really haven't started until now.

Owners lowballed with the 43%, and waited out the players until the start of the season. Now they're at 50%, which is probably where they realistically wanted to be from Day 1. It's no shock that they came in with this offer around week 1 of the year.

Pretty calculated and organized negotiations by the owners. I don't know if that's Bettmans doings. Sounds a little too smart for him.

My guess is that the owners have a timeline of how long they will realistically go (money wise) until they cede any more % points. I think the owners are going to sit back now and play hardball until their agreed upon timeline hits.

The players lost with this proposal, because now they have to meet them somewhat halfway to save face with fans, and the owners come off in the media like they're trying to make progress to start hockey.

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