CBA Talk II: Shut up and give me YOUR money!
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11-22-2012, 04:39 PM
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Lockout/Strike...whatever....the "star players" don't get anything out of a prolonged stoppage. Regardless of the sport - they'll always get paid top dollar even if the owners have it their way 100%. Fail to understand Neuvirth's point - what interest is it from the "stars point of view" to 'hold out'?
Trying to look at it from Neuvirth's perspective...
Some of the NHL's proposed contractual changes probably don't have significant impacts on guys in the "Hamrlik/Neuvirth" ballpark. Things like cutting off length at 5-years, for example, probably don't mean much to a non-star player who has probably never signed a deal longer than 2 or 3 years. Only stars (in most cases) get those long contracts.
Some of the non-star players are also not as well suited to a long work stoppage, because they haven't made as much money as some of the stars have. Guys like Crosby pull in $8m+ a year, but there are more than a few players making sub-$1m per season that probably won't be as happy to wait out a long work stoppage.
I'm not saying Neuvirth is right about everything he said, but there is definitely room for some players to be discomfitted with the negotiations, just as there is for ownership groups who would rather a deal get done faster as well.
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