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12-17-2012, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Mork View Post
Negotiating what? The NHL's most recent "take it or leave" offer?

That's not a negotiation; it's merely a decision to . . . well . . . take it or leave it.

It's quite possible that faced with this choice, the NHLPA decided to leave the NHL's offer on the table. Having exhausted all other means of negotiation, the only thing left to do would be to take steps to decertify.

Short of accepting the league's last offer, there's nothing more that could be done to resolve the work stoppage.
But all disclaimer of interest does is accelerate the negotiation process. It would take years to fight and win an antitrust suit.

Besides, how can all other means of negotiation be exhausted...when even an antitrust suit relies on the THREAT of spur NEGOTIATION.

Essentially what you're saying is that there's no room to negotiate now...which is tantamount to saying that a deal is impossible to reach anyhow.

In short, I completely disagree. If the NHLPA were to table an offer right now that only changes ONE of the THREE owner demands and gives up on compliance buyouts, I guarantee that would restart negotiations.

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