2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VIIII: "We're Close" "We're Not Close" Edition
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12-07-2012, 11:53 AM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mahopac, NY
The distrust on both sides right now is toxic.
Between Bettman constantly threatening to take his ball (puck?) and go home so nobody can play only to back off, walking out of meeting after 10 minutes, and leaving a rejection of an offer on voice mail (perhaps the least professional thing I've ever seen in a contract negotiation) and ownership not being able to cope with an understand the strategies of an old-fashioned, been through the wars labor negotiator....we are in danger of seeing this season lost. Hockey as we know it is being destroyed. The damage done to this point cannot be underestimated.
Some neutral party needs to come in here and physical shake these guys up, point up how close they truly are, and present a compromise that both sides could agree to without the perception that they are giving in.
Somewhere, such a person or institution must exist. Federal mediators are not the answer; ownership distrusts them because of their perceived bias towards the players (not really true). We are in desperate straights here. Someone needs to come between the sides, sit them down, calm them down, and present a solution. Every second counts. Before you know it, it will be XMAS, New Years, mid-January, and then....oblivion.
Otherwise: R.I.P. NHL. Who knows what will come next.
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