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11-16-2012, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by PensFanSince1989 View Post
And I doubt the deal, when it is reached will be for 5 years. 5 years is simply the NBA model. I'm fairly confident the NHL will budge on its stances on contracting rights once the NHLPA budged on its delinked proposals.
Once the NHL lightens its stance on the linked cap, the NHLPA will budge on contracting issues.

Originally Posted by Whydidijoin View Post
They probably would go down to 7 years if the NHLPA was willing to discuss or negotiate it. You don't start on your ending number.

And yes, putting a limit is the only way to fix this problem.
No, it's not. You can make players pay some of the cost of insuring longer term deals or many other things smarter people than I can figure out.

Originally Posted by meedle View Post
When you negotiate, do you always start off with your best offer?
No but I find working with the other side, avoiding offending them with lowball offers is the best way to go. I try and make people want to give me a deal not piss them off so they hate my guts.

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