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11-04-2012, 01:23 AM
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Phil Parent
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
On that note, if this is indeed the end of hostilities, I wonder what role the "verbal offer" earlier this week might have played.

Pure speculation: it seems like this meeting happened really quickly after everyone found out the owners had budged on Make Whole three days before the Winter Classic was cancelled, yet the offer was kept under Fehr's hat until after the fact of cancellation. Perhaps that was enough to break a significant number of players' confidence in his ability to recoup their losses by continuing to draw out the process.
Strong analysis.

Really, if the owners pay the entire make-whole, then the players lose NOTHING on their existing deal, and in the future they will get 50 percent of a pie that due to natural growth and some changes of homes for some franchises, is bound to get a lot bigger, and that 50 percent could be worth more than the 57 percent they had last year!

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