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11-21-2012, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Zman5778 View Post
Yeah. At this point, I'm expecting the owners to scoff fairly hard at this offer and we could see a complete blowup soon.

What is the NHLPA smoking? No way, no how will the owners ever de-link.
Agree that's what the last conflict was about and the owners won't de link.

But delinkage has been Fehr's strategy from the get go. Now it's down on paper for the purpose (possibly) of placing the burden on the owners to come up with a counter.

I.e.; no de-linkage but here's what we will offer in return for retaining it.

Which is what several of the players have been asking for all along.

So I'm hoping its just a negotiation strategy. No one should have expected the 1st written proposal from either side to be accepted as delivered.

Which might mean that the PA proposal is also designed to expose whether the owners are indeed serious whether their proposal is "take it or leave it".

If that proves to be the case, then we'll all know it and the season might as well be cancelled.

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