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10-19-2012, 12:57 PM
Buddy The Elf
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And players and their agents are completely blameless in this? Doughty holding out to get more money is on the owners? UFAs and their agents playing teams against each other to get obscene contracts is all the owners fault? Why did all these players want insane "signing" bonuses in their contracts? Why did they want all this money up front? Was this for the betterment of the game and NHL? Was this for the future? Nope, it was a money grab by the players and the owners had to give in or they don't get the players they believe will help them win.
If the owners "protected" themselves by limiting contract offers to UFAs/RFAs, they would have been sued for collusion and lost millions and possibly billions. The CBA has to be built to protect themselves from the players and agents who always find the loopholes to get more money then they should.
Would you have been happy to not have Doughty at all last year because AEG wanted to save $1 million in salary each season? How about Quick? Should the Kings not have signed him and low balled him?
Not only that but the "haves" are constantly driving up the price of second tier players which drives costs up for the "have nots".
Loop holes do need to be closed and some form of revenue sharing needs to happen. It ain't going to happen by making disengenious proposals and calling the NHL "draconian". Give me a ****ing break. You'd think Fehr was talking about coal miners in the 1800's.
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