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10-29-2012, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Ginu View Post
The simple fact that Fehr offered that they'll accept the league's take on 50-50, even down the line, is a concession by the players. Even if it happens 3-5 years down the road, the players are dropping from 57% to 50% of HRR. I see the players making a concession here.

Do I see the owners willing to budge on anything in a concession to the players? No. What are they willing to give up? Nothing.

So to me, it's the owners who aren't negotiating. You can say all you want that the owners don't have to because they run the league. But until the owners concede something of value to the players, who are willing to drop 12% in revenue even over time, I blame the owners. I see this as the owners offering a take-it-or-leave-it deal to the players in which I'd tell them to shove it too. What kind of a negotiation is a negotiation without actual negotiating?

To the owners- negotiate in good faith, concede something, and let's get to playing.
Your statement is just as reasonable as Couture inventing random numbers like 25% salary reduction out there. That supposed concession would only be real under certain projections and conditions. Passionate HF fans don't like being lied to by Fehr and NHLPA. Otherwise, most HFers would still be on the players' side.

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