Arthur: Gap between NHL and NHLPA is "crack is the sidewalk".
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12-10-2012, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
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The players can't win in this negotiation. The only thing they can do is minimize the blood letting. If that means negotiating right up until the end then I respect them for that. Every offer the NHL has presented is a take it or leave it offer with a threat of the next one being worse even though they come back with a better one. How can you present an offer and say that's it "we just want a yes or no answer". What kind of negotiating is that? And then they have the balls to say they are negotiating with themselves. I guess they are right because they sure as hell aren't negotiating with the PA.
The only way that the owners can win in this process is if a CBA can be created which helps to keep a greater number of teams above water. If a new CBA doesn't accomplish that, it may look as though the players gave up a lot, but the League still being structured to the financial disadvantage of too many teams will mean that nobody won. Besides though, ultimately could the players be losing money? No! They could just be earning less. Some owners, on the other hand, could still continue to be losing money, just hopefully significantly less.
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