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12-18-2012, 03:27 AM
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Even if the disclaimer of interest tactic doesn't hold up in court, I think that it will still send a powerful signal to the NHL.

Despite failing at every turn, they're still trying to sideline Fehr. A massive backing from the union membership should be an indication to the NHL that if they want a deal to get done this season, they need to go through Fehr. And if they try to cancel the season, full decertification is just around the corner. In addition, the league could be on the hook for significant damages under that scenario.

Even if the disclaimer goes through and the NHL's lawsuit fails on all counts, it's not like there's going to be an injunction to immediately return to play.

So yes, it's just posturing still at this point. But it still puts the pressure on the NHL regardless.

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