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12-10-2012, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by mrzeigler View Post
I side with the players, but I think it's pretty ****ing pointless to argue about a labor issue ceaselessly online. There are several reasons why I side with players, but the latest one that annoys me is the shopping spree that NHL teams went on this past offseason, particularly in the three weeks leading up to the lockout. They handed out contracts with terms (either money or length) that made fans raise an eyebrow, and judging from reports, it's pretty damn clear that no NHL owner had any intention of agreeing to a CBA that didn't reduce the salary or length of those deals. From Puck Daddy:

If I were a player I would be pissed imagine you are weighing a couple of job offers and you like the city that Offer A is in but you go with Offer B because the pay just makes so much more sense ... and then your new boss tells you he's cutting your pay and you can't quit or go work elsewhere and if I were a competitive NHL owner or GM who lost in the UFA sweepstakes for a guy like Parise or Suter to a team that made a ludicrous contract offer it never expected to fullfill due to CBA revisions, I'd be pissed as well.

But to answer your question, perhaps it's because the Penguins ownership team as presented by media, including the news organization that is a major sponsor of the team is presented as being one of the more reasonable ownership groups and the one that was widely credited with being instrumental in the two days of progress last week.
One clarification, No owner is proposing to shorten or affect the length of already signed deals. The term limits will only apply to new contracts.

As for owners giving out huge contracts, owners and GM's had to operate in the confines and market set by the last CBA. The market basically dictated the value of great to elite players being highly expensive and long term deals. GM's are always going to get into a bidding war because it is their job to improve their team, and the richer teams drive prices up for everyone (including Nashville).

If you were a player, you would have been (or should have been at least) made well aware that this was coming, been as a result, negotiated huge signing bonuses and other forms of protection for yourself in the event of a lockout and CBA changes.

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