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11-15-2012, 03:31 PM
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My guess is this thing will be settled by December 15th or so. I think Bettman will give up one more provision to get the PA back to the table, and if everything isn't all hashed out by then season is over and the next deal the PA gets offered is a much worse one. Fehr and Bettman being at the head of each side made sure this thing would not be about honest negotiation. I'm not sure if the owners start with such a ridiculous deal if they don't have to contend with a guy like Fehr on the other side. Things seem to be moving closer and closer with each periodic cancellation of games.

I'd imagine the key issues will obviously be linkage, then contract rights, then realignment, and then work on ancillary things. I think both sides are very much just posturing and seeing if the other side will break down before games are cancelled in December.

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