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12-12-2012, 12:21 PM
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Butch 19
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Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
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.
How does causing an entire season to be cancelled fit in with their plans to "get as much as they can in those second and third contracts?"

hmm, 4.5 yr average career...? minus an entire season...? That's A LOT of money to try to make up.

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