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12-11-2012, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Butch 19 View Post
Yeah, they're fighting for the upper 15% of NHLPA members. Mid-tier players (way above Westgarth's level) are falling on their swords so Crosby, Kovalchuk and Ovie can argue that they want a 13+ year deal.

85% (or more) of NHLPA members will see no difference in their contracts nor in their hockey lives.

They ARE just fighting over money, which they are losing every single day by not agreeing to a CBA. (i.e. when anyone says it's not about the money, it's ALWAYS about the money)
Yes it's about the money, but I don't think many posters actually listened to Westgarth. He said the entire set of contract issues are much bigger to the players than many realize. From his perspective, the owners' demands on contract restrictions have a big impact on most players' earning ability. He said those years are the prime earning years, because the average player only last 4 1/2 years in the NHL. Westgarth said players have to get as much as they can in those second and third contracts.

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