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12-13-2012, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by manilaNJ View Post
While I like the idea of CBA disputes not coming down to the wire, you'll never see the PA agree to expire the CBA without a full free agency period in the summer.
Especially as long as the Parises and Suters of the world can still get lockout-protected money. That's also going to be something the players won't want to give up. And yeah there's no way the players are going to let the CBA date be held against them, they'd have a heck of a lot more reason to negotiate a CBA if it was June 30 since hundreds would be without contracts.

I honestly don't think it matters beyond that - beginning of August or beginning of September since neither side even entertained negotiations until the brink of when games could have been irrevocably lost in late October. And neither side seems really interested in doing a deal until the eleventh hour.

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