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12-08-2012, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by alkurtz View Post
Fehr will protect players rights to the bitter end. He is the best there is at what he does. Of course there are some players who disagree; in a union of 700+ players that is normal. At least the free speech of the players is not stifled. They can say what they want without worrying about million dollar fines.
What? He has the NHLPA already at 50/50 and has reduced their contracting rights to 8 years and 25% variance. He is moving much closer to the NHL's first offer and will lose over $700 million in player salary when the CBA is finally signed for 48 games.

When the final CBA is signed, it will be much closer to the NHL's first offer in July than the NHLPA's first offer to the NHL.

Why couldn't the NHLPA's last offer be what they countered the NHL with in July? Why not get a deal done in time to save 82 games? Grow the HRR to lessen the escrow damage in year 1. Instead they wanted a fight. That is why they hired Fehr. If they wanted a full season and a deal they would have kept Kelly.

The NHLPA deals with disagreement by publicly shaming them. Just ask Hamrlik how his opinion was received by the NHLPA leadership.

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