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11-02-2012, 06:35 PM
Alan Jackson
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Originally Posted by mossey3535 View Post
The NHL has already given up on HRR definitions. The only reason they wanted clarification is because the NHLPA ambushed them on the Nashville and Phoenix public subsidies being put into HRR. They gave up on that, too.

This is a last-ditch effort. I don't think they'll put in a major issue like that, especially now that they've seen how the PA has spun the HRR thing.
That was just an example. The two sides also need to agree on Free Agency, arbitration, etc. I'm hopeful that there's some traction, but it could well be that the owners offered to pay part of "Make Whole" in exchange for concessions elsewhere.

Also, I don't think this is anywhere near "last ditch" yet. They've already blown up the Winter Classic. During the last lockout, the season wasn't officially cancelled until February.

I'm hopeful that the two sides will engage in meaningful discussions over the next several days, but I'm not holding my breath.

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