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12-04-2012, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyfan2k11 View Post
Makes both Bettman and Fehr look silly that the players and owners are trying to work out a deal without them.
I wouldn't go that far. Both Bettman and Fehr have the mandate of getting the absolute best deal possible. They've both have done their best to accomplish this. However the players and the owners can look at something without their ego/pride getting in the way and say... you know what... this probably will be the best deal possible... IF we want to play this year, and give a tad more than Bettman/Fehr.

Of course whatever they think they've hashed out (say league drops all contractual issues other than 5 yr limit, but pays 330m in make whole), would still be subject to a vote/discussion with their membership - which could easily sink this just as fast as it started.

But until someone comes out and tells us what's going on, we're all just guessing.

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