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12-06-2012, 11:40 PM
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The problem is
Fehr and Bettman.
They're both shrewd negotiators known for taking hardline stances. Unfortunately, that means we're stuck with two sides looking for almost every excuse to take a hard stance while blaming the other side for it. Fehr made the PA holdout on negotiating til late summer. Bettman responds with a really terrible initial offer. Since then, it's been Fehr saying 'the league isn't negotiating in good faith' followed by Bettman saying 'the PA's offers are insulting', and then both sides having two weeks to pout about it.
Truth is somewhere in between.
The PA is right in the sense the NHL really isn't throwing them a bone for the lost salaries and contract rights, and in the sense that every NHL offer is an ultimatum that gets pulled off the table the instant the PA counter-offers.
The NHL is right in the sense that the PA is pushing for absolutely no change on their end when it's best to find a middle ground for the stability of the league, and in the sense that Fehr's been twisting words around to make the NHL offers look worse than they actually are.
This x 1000. Its been handled like an absolute joke by both sides.
But I still personally hold the PA more responsible in this ordeal. Everyone wants a healthy league, but the NHL clearly wants it more than the players.
The salary cap was one of the best things ever introduced in the NHL in terms parity, and Im glad they fought the players to the bitter end on that. We have a better, stronger league because of it. But the cap and salaries are clearly rising too fast, and something clearly needs to be done to balance things out.
The players still came out of that deal laughing all the way to the bank. They act like we're morons and dont realize how sweet a deal they've had for the last 6 years. They should just shut their mouths and accept the fact that they cashed in big. The good times are over and its time to sober up and face the reality that this isnt the NFL, MLB, or even the bloody NBA. Its the NHL. Moderation is needed to stay healthy.
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