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12-10-2012, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Scurr View Post
The age of free-agency effects everyone lucky enough to get that far. Arbitration is a lever that few use but gives negotiating power to a lot of players. Unions wouldn't work if everyone involved was only interested in what effected them.

The NHL's first two "last, best offers" were blown away by their third "last, best offer" and we aren't even done yet.
All the contracting rights do is divvy up the pie among the players. One players "gain" is another player's "loss" since there is a finite amount of money to go around.

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