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11-13-2012, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Chubros View Post
The PA is harping on this as part of its PR war and apparently some are falling for it. It's really a minor issue compared to the money.

Expect the contracting issues to be settled in no time flat once an agreement is made on the economics. The league doesn't need all it is asking for on the contracting issues; realistically all that is required is something to stop the huge front-loaded deals. But with the PA still holding out on the money side, the league has no reason to give in on any of its demands in other areas.

Right now the deal is being held up by one thing: the PA's refusal to accept a deal that is linked to HRR. Linkage forces the owners and players to share the cost of lost revenue due to the lockout and share the risk of how fast HRR will grow. Fehr is playing a game of chicken, and so far it has worked - it has made the league move a long way in its offers while the PA hasn't really given much way at all. Expect Fehr to push the season to the brink before a deal gets made.
This, but i'm interested to see why Proto believes the other concessions (contracting changes) are a major stumbling block to the negotiations.

The only person anywhere near the PA i've heard even mention them over the last few months is Crosby who isn't affected by those changes at all... and really those changes wont affect what NHL players make at all.

In fact all of the concessions the NHLPA have been pushing for from the NHL seem to be in paying the current players what they made before and de-linking HRR.

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