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12-12-2012, 11:38 PM
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According to Ek(I know, I know.... but he supposedly had direct quotes from a player and an owner)

the players thought they were coming to negotiate, but Bettman has basically told them to make their best offer, and the owners will decide whether to take it or leave it.

Bettman has finally turned the tables on the players and Fehr. The only way to beat Fehr at his own game is to refuse to negotiate any further and make the other side negotiate against itself.

In then end, it had to come down to this, because every time the NHL gave something, Fehr told the players "dont accept, they will give more".... so the only way to stop that is to tell the players that they must come up with the next offer.

if the players refuse, or if they offer something obviously designed to be rejected, I do believe Bettman will set a drop dead date for cancellation of the season..... and then we will see if the player are truly stupid...

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