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12-07-2012, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by SPB2776 View Post
This is the problem, from what I can see. The owners are dictating, not negotiating. The players have made ever consession up to now.
That's because the NHL are the only ones putting forth realistic proposals...

The NHL and the owners came to make a deal this week. They added even more money to the pot in an effort to get this wrapped up. They thought it was SUCH a done deal that they alerted their GMs and coaches to get ready for the season. The players, in turn, asked for more and more. The owners laid out "the hills they die on" (IE: their bottom line) and asked for a simple answer and they didn't get an answer... instead Fehr went to the press and said they were "really close"

That's a bull **** move any way you slice it. I don't care how much you loathe the owners.

Just ask yourself this: do you/the players REALLY think that holding out right now will get them a better deal in ~3 weeks? After missing another chunk of games? The answer is no. Simple as that. The time to strike a deal was now and they blew it. They ****ing blew it.

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