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11-15-2012, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Bourne Endeavor View Post
Except the players are not only fighting UFA and contract rights. They want a $600 million make whole provision; more than double what was offered, in addition to the aforementioned. Recchi is hardly lying when he says things are not going to get better if this impasse continues.

Kovalchuk has already lost a little more two million by approximation and stands to lose eleven should this drag on for the season. That is several times the loss he would incur under even the owner's most draconian offer.

Both sides are fighting for the same things--- the money and the contracting rights. To the extent each side will give on one point or the other is why we're still here, they have to figure out what's most important to them. I think the players will dig in more on the contracting issues, feeling they're giving up enough by going to 50%. As I've stated before, the league "should" flex on their demands on the contracting rights. They should have enough if they can tweak the variance clause to address their cap circumventing concerns.

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