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12-07-2012, 02:01 AM
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Originally Posted by CanadianHockey View Post
In the sense that any negotiation is going to work toward the middle ground, yes. That doesn't disprove what I've said; if Fehr was the one negotiating, over time he'd probably get an even better deal for the players than the one the owners just offered.
Please. The more moderate elements from both sides held sway for a short period of time and made some headway. I firmly believe it was the player hardliners worried about a deal coming together that were the one's leaking the quotes about NHLPA members "worried" about owners doing an end around their leadership. When in fact they were worried they were moving the process along too quickly. It was cover to bring Fehr in to slow things down again and move away from a deal. Its what they want. They want the NHL season on the brink of cancelation. They feel thats when they will have the most leverage. They may be right but its one hell of gamble.

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