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11-19-2012, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Psyduck View Post
I can understand the defense of Bettman in many of the decisions he has made to provide stability for the league. But what of the three lockouts that have occurred under his tenure? I understand his job is to represent the owners but is he doing so effectively when every time he has had to negotiate a deal there have been missed games?
Every single thing I have seen on the subject indicates that Fehr's strategy was to force a lockout and use the resulting pressure as leverage. I'm not pinning that on Bettman; what's he supposed to do, force Fehr to negotiate at gunpoint?

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