Spector: why not (now) play games while negotiating?
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11-21-2012, 10:38 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
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Bettman said it best, if the NHLPA has been so unwilling to negotiate while being locked out, if they were playing it would be even worse.
Ya because the NHL's 43% offer was really something to write home about. They only began seriously negotiating a month ago. The entire NHL approach has been how hard can they squeeze the PA and then settle for the best they could get.
Fehr's entire game plan has surrounded this point. If you know your opponent's game plan, you plan your strategy around it. Sure the PA could have taken whatever the NHL gave them so we could play but there's reasonable and not reasonable.
I truly don't see how anyone really believes anything the NHL says. The economics may be such that the players should be taking less than 50% considering the financial state of many of the NHL markets, but don't for a second try to tell me the NHL was serious about negotiating until October, trying to make the players sweat to take a bad deal. This whole "the players haven't been serious about negotiating while being locked out" argument is bullocks.
Since then the majority of media people have sided with the players.
And the NHL still hasn't conceded a single thing from the previous CBA after asking the players to go from 57% to 50%. And that's what it comes down to. What do the PA have to negotiate with? Nothing based on what the NHL's offered.
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