10/26 - NHLPA Statement from Don Fehr
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10-26-2012, 03:21 PM
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The players simply have no leverage. Every day they fail to come to an agreement, they lose more of their salaries, and that is money that they will
recoup. There are many league owners who regard their NHL franchises are mere cogs in their empires, even bordering on inconsequential in terms of dollars. The Leafs are the poster child for this; while their profits are tops in the NHL by a mile, one of their corporate owners make about half as much pure
There is literally
the NHLPA can do to exert leverage on such owners. Zip, zero, nada, zilch. They cannot "win" this negotiation. The best they can do is limit their "losses" but it seems they're not even interested in that. They're in full-blown Don Quixote mode, tilting at windmills and refighting the battles of the past (and it's not even their own battles they are refighting; they're letting their new head refight his old battles with MLB).
The players are going to lose a lot worse now than if they'd just signed that last NHL offer without changing a single thing in it.
If you truly believed that the players had no leverage the owners would offer them, take it or leave it, 25% of HRR, no free agency, no guaranteed contracts, etc. take it or leave it call us when you're ready to sign.
Instead the owners recognize that in order to make any money, in order to run any teams, they need players.
I certainly think it's true that owners have more leverage than players, but the players are far from powerless.
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