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10-28-2012, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Kirk Muller View Post
so why did the players REFUSE to negotiate last year, a full year in advance.

why werent these comments coming out then. We will tell you. Because at that point, they would have NO LEVERAGE TO STRIKE. They were under contract still.

You calling that a PR move shows how absolutely clueless you are to what happened in Baseball. shows that the NHL isn't/wasn't. The NHLPA knew the NHL wouldn't agree to continue on under the current CBA. Still gotta offer to if yer the NHLPA.

And also...very rarely do both sides agree to open up talks earlier than they have to, takes leverage away from both sides. If both sides are relatively happy with the current CBA and don't expect many changes...then yes. They'll talk early. If that isn't the case...they wait until time causes pressure. Who feels the pressure more is the gamble.

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