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12-05-2012, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Freudian View Post
Bettman hasn't played this well. He came into this expecting Fehr to negotiate and tried to approach this as a normal negotiation with a low starting offer. Fehr used this to basically motivate the players to choose conflict, getting them to believe the owners were trying to bully them and he basically was able to keep a pointless conflict going.

If Bettman had been smart he would have been more diplomatic and Fehr's facade would have collapsed much earlier.

I think Bettman shouldn't be here for the next CBA negotiation as well. He's such a polarizing figure NHLPA hardliners will always be able to use 'evil Bettman' to get players to choose conflict.
Bettman didn't negotiate. He pressured.

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