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12-12-2012, 11:07 PM
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I think its pretty easy to figure out which owners are "moderates" and which are "hardliners", but for the players, it probably comes down to who stands to loose the most.

Teams are going to find a way to pay the elite players whatever it takes. So the marquis players are probably among the moderates.

The guys who signed 13 year contracts last summer are probably pretty firm that existing contracts have to be honoured.

Anyone who is approaching RFA or UFA status the summer of 2013 won't be too thrilled about changes to RFA or UFA eligibility.

I can't see contract term limits being the hill this CBA dies on. The number of 6+ year contracts in the NHL is so small.

As a fan, the one issue I am firmly behind the owners on is the term of the next CBA. We just can't do this again in 5 or 6 years. It has to be 8-10 years.

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