Lockout II - Moderated: Talk about your plenty, Talk about your ills...
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12-06-2012, 12:06 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Between the Pipes
After the NHL made a counterproposal -- which included raising the so-called "make-whole" payments to $300 million -- the NHL Players' Association made pensions a priority. That surprised and angered the moderate owners, and that almost led to them walking out.
The owners have long been frustrated that the players' priorities have been a moving target.
But the real danger is this: The players have gotten the owners to back off, and the rope-a-dope strategy has been effective. But if they keep ticking off the owners who came to make a deal, it could backfire. We could have another breakdown, another delay.
Doesn't matter who is doing it, but a deal is never going to happen if the goal posts keep getting moved.
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