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11-23-2012, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Proto View Post
Yeah, I think there was also an offer of a hard cap at 50 million somewhere around February of 2005.

The fact that the league wanted a hard cap and the players went with a lower one and linkage is telling: the players have known for a long time that the NHL lies through its teeth about revenues. Sort of like how Bettman comes out now and implies the league is losing money when they demonstrably are not.
I believe that it was reported that the owners had an option to have a set cap or to have linkage and they took linkage in the end which resulted in the players doing a lot better.

The last days of negotiation during the last lockout really helped the players do a lot better.

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