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12-11-2012, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by mschmidt64 View Post
And people wonder why unions are losing influence in this country.

Scott Hartnell really has Roman Hamrlik's interests in mind, clearly.

Hamrlik feels his interests are not being represented. He voices that opinion. Hartnell promises retribution, basically.

So shut up, take a deal that isn't good for you, and if you object, you'll be punished.

Sounds legit.
But everytime a Recchi or Hamerlik open their mouths and plead for yhe union to cave in, the league is emboldened to hold out. So long as they think players will crack, they will ask for more. Hamerlik is working against his own interests. No group of fans reading twitter or a paper is going to end a lockout even if they agree with Roman.

He has the channels to talk to players privately. He can show up at meetings. But publicly telling the union to fold leads to owners saying "see, see! They're cracking! Lets ask for more.". The players accepted the league's cba structure and they pulled the deal. That's what happens with perceived weakness.

I'll qualify all of this by saying Hartnell and Prust should shut up too, they help nothing and come off poorly threatening people via twitter. But Roman is working directly against his goals.

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