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11-13-2012, 03:18 PM
Fred Brathwaite
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
I disagree. This is the third lockout. The NBA and NFL, the former being extremely financially successful, also had lockouts in order to revamp their CBAs. It would happen regardless of who the PA head is, and just how bad the deal for the players would get would depend on that too. Hence Fehr.
The NHL is in a completely different position. They could not afford to lose any more games due to the past lockouts and the overall popularity of the sport.

The NHL is in a much more vulnerable position than the NBA and NFL.

The NHL wants/needs a season. I hate bettman but I still believe that Fehr deserves most of the blame for this whole situation.

If negotiations would have started sooner and if the representative of the PA would be focused on trying to make a deal rather than playing hardball I think things would be different.

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