Owner-Player meeting only, no Bettman or Fehr (UPD: 12/4 in NYC)
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11-29-2012, 06:44 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
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Methinks Bettman believes the Fehr Bro's are the glue that keeps the NHLPA together and without them in the room, the owners can get the players to think on the League's terms.
That is the exact tactic that the owners are trying to use against the NHLPA..is to divide them against Don/Steve Fehr. The NHL truly believes that the players are not getting all the facts from DF. What the owners fail to remember is that in more than half of the bargaining sessions ACTUAL players are present...Malhotra, Hainsey, Parros, Westgarth etc...and none of these players have reported to the other players or media that they are getting anything but the truth from DF.
The owners knowledge of business and the economics of the game vastly outscores that of the players. The players are completely outmatched. From the players perspective the goal of the meeting should not be to outsmart the owners but more so to show absolute and unwavering unity.
This meeting is strictly about diving the union...nothing else!
From the players perspective the best strategy would be to enter this meeting with specific talking points and direction and then have a disclaimer served as the dessert! They could have all their questions answered and show absolute solidarity with the disclaimer!
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