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11-18-2012, 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by rynryn View Post
it makes no sense. the players association can't possibly benefit more through the life of this next CBA than they'd lose in wages a whole season spent to gain the deal they wanted, can they? Unless the CBA is forever.
The only way the PA could benefit more is if they lose linkage and the cap. A very tall order. They would have been dollar justified holding out this long on the NHL's opening offer but not the subsequent ones.

Both sides are caught up in a legal game which has serious shortcomings which are recognized by many. This sort of thing happens in other areas of the legal profession. This would be a good point in time to publicly acknowledge the shortcomings of leverage and timing in negotiations. Some in the legal profession are more enamored of mediation/arbitration because it doesn't drag on so much and because less is spent on third parties. The switchover from one mode to the other usually means switching from defining the conflict as win/lose to defining it as win/win.

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