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12-08-2012, 11:14 AM
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I doubt it will cost Bettman to lose a second season.

He got Goodenow kicked out by the PA with the last negotiation. Someone similar to Fehr that would say no to any proposal with a cap, and even if the system was flawed the NHL did get their cap in the old agreement so he won something quite major because th PA has accepted a cap.

Now with Fehr another almost impossible opponent he is doing as good as can be expected. I am sure the owners recognize that it is not like they are up against a normal negotiator in Fehr, they either let Fehr run the agenda and take his deal or risk burning a season or 2, since he follows many similar ideas of Bob Goodenow in negotiation.

Bettman will come out of this and leave the NHL when he is ready to retire, and really he has been the comish for 20 years so he may be wanting to exit the moment he feels the NHL is in a stable position and he is content with how it is

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