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No More Lockout Blues! - 2012 Lockout Part 2 [UPD: AGREEMENT REACHED!]
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11-09-2012, 07:27 PM
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Just a few scraps of news coming out, but enough to cobble together a post:
1)Sounds like the NHL has offered ~$211 million for 'make whole', which they are characterizing as "paying it all, with interest, by year 3". Based on my earlier (back of the envelope, very rough) calculations, that is more like half of the overall loss to existing contracts, but, whatever, half sounds fair to me...
2)Betttman wants 50/50 immediately, with its attendant impact on the cap, plus all the other restrictions on player contracts (UFA age, length, etc). That is a big win for the owners, esp those of small market market teams. Fehr should have been actively negotiating on this front a long time ago instead of playing coy. It would have meant more to the players, long term.
3)Russo seems to think the players still want ALL their salary even with the inevitably shortened season. That is just plain dumb and the owners will never stand for it, because most can't afford to give away $ they have not made.
4)Although it is looking as if the Owners are making concessions, it seems to me they are still holding firm to their fundamental demands. The players are in a box, because, aside from the upper echelon, who will benefit from make whole, the rest have little upside to not settling (no that this is much different from last week or the week before).
Meanwhile, the lockout clock is still ticking. $309 million lost, and counting...
If the bolded is true that the players don't think make it whole or salaries are going to be pro-rated to the actual amount of games played (work they do) this year they are delusional or trolling? The natural extension of that position logically is that if they lose the entire season they will be ok because they will be demanding to be made whole and get paid anyways
No wonder they don't seem to be in any rush
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