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12-11-2012, 12:23 PM
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the owners obviously thought they had an agreement in principle with the players who btw
on the negotiating committee and so able to make decisions. Fehr is supposed to be their guide much like Bettman is for the owners. Those players were chosen well both Westgarth and Parros are Princeton grads, Hainsey and Winnick both have a couple of years of university. These guys aren't exactly dim nor uneducated and so were fully cognizant of what was happening in that room. Fehr kiboshed any implied agreement's and changed the game, thereby undoing any progress.
There is even some doubt now as to whether any of the owners said or intimated that if Fehr is back in the room the deal is off. What they likely may have said is that the meetings were agreed to by Fehr and Bettman that neither be in the room and why is that deal now off?
just as plausible
Except that's not what was reported. Hainsey made a couple of statements immediately afterwards where he tried to recount the exact words spoken.
Like I said earlier elsewhere, some of the owners probably played hockey at some point, but it's not what they do for a living. They would be outmatched completely if asked to go a round with the players. Likewise, education is no match for experience and men successful enough to own hockey teams as a secondary or tertiary interest, in terms of negotiating business deals, let alone collective bargaining agreements. The owners wouldn't hire a freshly minted lawyer from Harvard and have him run their CBA discussions for them. Try getting that guy 20+ yrs of experience first, and then we'll talk.
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