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12-07-2012, 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by CanadianHockey View Post
They've spent the past few days negotiating. Those negotiations helped form the feedback required for the NHL to create an offer. Unfortunately, the NHL has a tendency to make the PA play by its rules (ie accept the proposal), or the NHL will take its ball and go home for a week. That kills the negotiating momentum by essentially taking all the issues they agreed on during the most recent round of negotiations, and saying 'we don't agree on those any more'.

The players and owners negotiate a deal and agree to it in principle, without the players realizing it favours the owners. The PA takes it to Fehr, who tells them it favours the owners.

One of two things happen.
1. The players excitement at the prospect of playing undermines their willingness to listen to Fehr, so they push him aside and accept the deal that favours the owners.

2. The PA accepts Fehr's advice, and now has to go to the owners and say 'sorry, we're not getting a the deal we thought we were'. The owners get a field day with PR by villifying Fehr for 'stopping the deal' and for making the players look like they've reneged on their word.
Well 1 of the 2 lead us to hockey?

But I don't see that they have to agree to a deal. They have one of the 2 brothers in the room. It's been rumored here that he will take over for his brother. I think both sides had enough help to get to a point where they can agree.

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