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11-29-2012, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by haveandare View Post
I don't really understand this. Whats the point of decertifying just to reform? What leverage do they get from that? Seems like it'd waste a ton of time and then they'd reform and we'd still be right where we are right now. I think I'm missing something, which wouldn't surprise me because this decertification talk confuses me to no end. The players don't want to take the lumps the owners are proposing so instead they're going to voluntarily throw away every single right they have?
It's about leverage. Decertification threatens the actual existence of low revenue teams through opening up the NHL to a true free market system (impossible to afford it for those teams I'm talking about). It also opens up the NHL to anti-trust litigation that they would surely lose without the existence of the union.

The union would reform, but only after the ownership made concessions and those concessions would be better for the league than operating without the partnership of a union.

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