Statement from Larry Tanenbaum (Leafs Owner) / Ron Burkle's (Penguins)
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12-10-2012, 11:48 AM
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Fehr is making the Owners work for a CBA. He's not playing by their rules. Every take-it-or-leave-it offer has been met with a counterproposal. The NHL is frustrated. Bettman singling out Fehr in his statement was a clear attempt to pursuade mutiny. The NHL does
to make any more concessions and they know they might have to if Fehr is still steering the NHLPA's ship.
I look at it this way: If it's just a case of "not wanting" to make more concessions, then who knows what the owners might still come up with. If they do in fact come up with more concessions, then they've been their own worst enemy, by continually making out as though every offer is a 'take it or leave it' and then coming back with yet another series of concessions. Using that stupid tactic, when is the PA ever to know that if they don't hold out longer they won't get something better?
However, if it comes to the point where the owners really believe that they can't concede anything more without risking a CBA that could put many owners in dire straits between now and the next CBA, then they damn well shouldn't be coming back with even more concessions. There eventually has to be a line that they draw and say that they can't concede anything more; but how is the PA ever to know when and where that line is.
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