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11-15-2012, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
Neither Bettman nor Fehr are fools.

You are doing what the NHL does by framing the argument in such a way that paints only one side as bad or foolish.

Starting negotiations a year ago would not have changed how much the NHL wanted in concessions. It's not the timing of the negotiations but the extreme terms from the NHL that delay resolution.

The union that signs that deal has not raison d'etre any longer in terms of protecting player rights. They're basically a rubber stamp.

The alignment was ridiculous, and indicative of Bettman caving to the NHL's most powerful core of teams in the Atlantic and NE.

As for Fehr's track record, yes, let's just overlook the Commissioner of Lockouts. He's known to be accommodating and easy to deal with from the NHLPA side.

Perhaps you're the one who easily fooled.
Fehr is calculated. He didn't want to start negotiations til after june 1st FA market so players would get paid more. Its pretty simple. I'm ok with that, but there are alot of other issues that coulda been discussed and agreed to before hand.

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