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12-03-2012, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Mess View Post
During the last lockout, the players lost a full season (of wages) and accepted a 24% rollback and agreed to a hard salary cap system and in order to make that sacrifice they in turn earned/fought for current individual player rights they have now in UFA age, contract length etc. The final CBA agreement was viewed as a big win for the Owners to get cost certainty, and a few minor victories for the NHLPA as trade-offs.

The players this time aren't even demanding something in return for meeting at 50/50 HRR. The only thing the players are fighting for is honouring of existing contracts they've already signed (and Owners agreed to), and keeping their individual player rights AS IS now, with the exception of fixing the few that the Owners feel are cap circumventing deals. So players asking to keep it the same is hardly unreasonable considering they've agreed to become 50/50 partners in the business.

People expecting the NHLPA to roll over and agree to all current NHL demands AS IS, without any benefit going forward for future generations would negate everything the previous players sacrificed in the past to earn them those rights in the first place.
Like it or not, after a CBA expires, the players aren't OWED anything. The owners aren't owned anything either. The players asking for existing contracts to be honoured (regardless of the new HRR split) IS a DEMAND and CONCESSION that they are asking from the league. You can argue until you're blue in the face that it's the fair or right thing to do but in regards to the structure of the previous CBA and their contracts, they are making a demand. And further, the players haven't guaranteed a 50/50. They want linkage when it comes to league growth (where they get 50/50) and they want delinkage if the league revenue drops. That would suggest that if the league revenue drops (and given the state of this lockout, it should be expected), the players will be getting more than 50/50. You can spout the PA line all you want but the devil is in the details. The players haven't given a true 50/50 split which is why even if the league will loosen their grip on contract rights, they sure as hell won't do it until they get the HRR split they want.

Most people I've come across don't expect the PA to give in to everything as presented by the league. I think people expect the PA to be realistic and find a reasonable way to find some common ground by imploying a less destructive method in getting there. If you're coming across people who think that the players should just take the owner's offer as is, then save that comment for them. I'm not one of those people.

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