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12-05-2012, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Freudian View Post
There is zero downside to negotiating earlier unless you want conflict.

Assuming that there is a 'script' where there is a lockout and thus the players should refuse to negotiate until there is a lockout is such muddy thinking that I don't know why some here insist on it.
The NHL only has one playbook: negotiate by creating conflict. I know you'll disagree, but hey, it's the third lockout.

Originally Posted by mossey3535 View Post
So basically you give no credit to the union for being able to negotiate hard and convince the owners that it's in everyone's best interest to avoid games lost? I thought Fehr was a negotiating genius. Surely this is not out of the realm of his abilities?
This particular NHL? Absolutely not. Nada. Zero. Zilch. No credit whatsoever for engaging to have the other side "negotiate hard."

There is a playbook here. People can choose to ignore that but please don't overlook that this is the third lockout.

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